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The epileptic seizure and the mystery of death in Christian painting.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19914875     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The epileptic seizure is in many cultures associated with death. Indo-European tradition perceives death not necessarily as the end but as a step, as a point the life cycle is passing through. The epileptic seizure may be seen as a transient form of death, which offers some symmetry with the biblical story of the death and resurrection of Christ. This article, originating from a case report, shows how some Christian painting alludes to renaissance after a seizure and to the parallelism between the patient with epilepsy and the destiny of Christ. Special attention is paid to Raphael's, in this respect particularly complex work, The Transfiguration.
Michael W Mann
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Biography; Historical Article; Journal Article; Portraits     Date:  2009-11-14
Journal Detail:
Title:  Epilepsy & behavior : E&B     Volume:  17     ISSN:  1525-5069     ISO Abbreviation:  Epilepsy Behav     Publication Date:  2010 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-02-15     Completed Date:  2010-05-21     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100892858     Medline TA:  Epilepsy Behav     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  139-46     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
(c) 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Department of Neurosurgery, H?pital St. Anne (Pr FX Roux), Paris, France.
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MeSH Terms
Attitude to Death*
Epilepsy / mortality*,  physiopathology*
History, Medieval
Medicine in Art*
Personal Name Subject
Personal Name Subject:
Raphael de Sanzio

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