Almost as far back as we have records of events the
story of the disease called Epilepsy reaches. Long before
Medicine, as we know it at the present day, took the shape
which separated it from Witchcraft and Sorcery, civil writings incidentally spoke of it, or gave it a name which
in its meaning described the affection.
Long before the time of Galen. and Hippocrates we
find mention of its character, and the famous Greek just
mentioned has described it with characteristic accuracy
which seems true to the disease as it was hundreds of
Almost every century since their time has borne in
its Medical Annals some account cf its symptoms, and probably no disease has given rise to more discussion, both
medical and otherwise, than Epilepsy.
On account of its coming on in people publicly it
was a well-known disease, and all manner of drugs were
tried, but until the last century not much could be done
for the disease, medicinally.