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A Pound a Glimpse

Daniel Smith: Epilepsy

16 November 2017
A Smell of Burning: The Story of Epilepsy 
by Colin Grant.
Cape, 242 pp., £16.99, August 2016, 978 0 224 10182 0
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The End of Epilepsy? A History of the Modern Era of Epilepsy, 1860-2010 
by Dieter Schmidt and Simon Shorvon.
Oxford, 208 pp., £39.99, September 2016, 978 0 19 872590 9
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... time to prepare and safeguard himself from injury. (Neil Young has said there are ‘about 45 seconds’ between his experience of an aura and the onset of a seizure.) The title of Dieter Schmidt and SimonShorvon’s book echoes the title of the final chapter of Temkin’s seminal history, ‘The end of falling sickness?’ Falling sickness was the popular name for epilepsy from the second century on ...

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