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Tryggve Andersen: epileptic hallucinations in the 1890s, fact or fiction?
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PMID:  7614916     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The Norwegian author Tryggve Andersen (1867-1920) had epilepsy, but was not aware of the diagnosis until late in life. In one novel, Towards Night (Mot Kvaeld), published in 1900, he described in detail nocturnal attacks with formed visual hallucinations as the initial event, seeing always the same face. He was familiar with the works of Ernst Hoffmann and probably also with those of Fiodor Dostoyevsky, but deduction of the literary influence leaves a precise description corresponding to an epileptogenic focus in the right posterotemporal region. Knowledge of his work may elucidate the subjective experience of initial epileptic manifestations, uncontaminated by previous knowledge of what can be expected in epilepsy. The descriptions provided by Andersen's writings are compared with more formal contemporary definitions of seizure events.
J A Aarli
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Biography; Historical Article; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Epilepsia     Volume:  36     ISSN:  0013-9580     ISO Abbreviation:  Epilepsia     Publication Date:  1995 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1995-08-18     Completed Date:  1995-08-18     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2983306R     Medline TA:  Epilepsia     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  308-15     Citation Subset:  IM; Q    
Department of Neurology, University of Bergen, Haukeland Hospital, Norway.
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MeSH Terms
Epilepsy, Temporal Lobe / history*
Hallucinations / history*
History, 19th Century
History, 20th Century
Literature, Modern / history*
Medicine in Literature*
Personal Name Subject
Personal Name Subject:
T Anderson

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