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, 37 (9), 879-87

[The Ecstatic Epilepsy of Teresa of Jesus]

[Article in Spanish]
  • PMID: 14606057

[The Ecstatic Epilepsy of Teresa of Jesus]

[Article in Spanish]
E Garcia Albea. Rev Neurol.


Aims: Our aim is to define the ecstasies (raptures) of Teresa de Ahumada (Teresa of Jesus) and to link them with ecstasies recently identified as convulsive seizures (Dostoevsky s epilepsy, Saint Paul s disease, ecstatic epilepsy).

Development and conclusions: We review the Carmelite nun's pathography, with special attention given to the excellent detailed descriptions of her ecstasies. The stereotypic movements and comparison with similar cases leads us to consider them as being epileptic, possibly secondary to neurocysticercosis.

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