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Behavioural Neurology
Volume 5, Issue 4, Pages 215-217

A Case of Epilepsy and Psychosis in the Seventeenth Century

F. Ovsiew

Clinical Neuropsychiatry Section, Department of Psychiatry, MC 3077, University of Chicago Hospitals, 5841 S. Maryland, Chicago, IL 60637, USA

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A seventeenth-century painter left an account of his seizures, trances and visions; in 1923 Freud commented on this “demonological neurosis” without discussing the seizures. Attention is drawn to the concurrence of epilepsy and psychosis in this early autobiographical source.