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      Dostoevsky's epilepsy: a case report and comparison.

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      Surgical neurology

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          Abstract

          The Russian writer Dostoevsky (1821-1881) suffered from a rare form of temporal lobe epilepsy termed "ecstatic epilepsy." Dostoevsky used his epileptic experiences to create Prince Myshkin, the protagonist of The Idiot. The recent case of a patient who experienced ecstatic epilepsy as a result of a temporal lobe brain tumor is presented and compared with that of Prince Myshkin. Reading Dostoevsky can give the contemporary physician an insight into the inner life of an epileptic patient--an example of how art can directly benefit medical practice.

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          Journal
          Surg Neurol
          Surgical neurology
          0090-3019
          0090-3019
          Jun 1990
          : 33
          : 6
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Methodist Hospital, Lubbock, Texas.
          Article
          10.1016/0090-3019(90)90155-i
          2161565
          a0c1a351-6499-4f4e-9d74-f1c731ba45af
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