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Childhood epilepsy: language, learning and behavioural complications
  1. F J O’Callaghan

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    Edited by William B Svoboda. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004, £85.00 (hardback), pp 638. ISBN 0-521-82338-2

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    Given that Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Cardinal Richelieu, and Lenin all suffered from epilepsy it is clear that epilepsy does not preclude future career success. The prominence of sufferers within the higher echelons of the creative arts is striking. Dostoyevsky, Flaubert, Moliere, and Byron are just a handful of names that immediately spring to mind. Van Gogh’s most creative period coincided with the time when his epilepsy was at its worst. And yet, we know that epilepsy can have a dramatic and disastrous effect on the cognitive and language abilities of our paediatric patients. …

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