[Saint Paul disease. Ectasia and exstatic seizures]

Rev Neurol (Paris). 1994 Dec;150(12):835-9.
[Article in French]


The Apostle Paul had a chronic disease. Epilepsy is offered as the most likely hypothesis. Interpretation of parts of the Pauline epistles suggests the possibility of facial motor and sensitive disturbances coming after ecstatic seizures. Though unusual, there are, however, case histories of patients who experienced ecstatic auras.

Publication types

  • Biography
  • English Abstract
  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Bible
  • Chronic Disease
  • Epilepsies, Partial / history
  • Epilepsy / history*
  • Epilepsy, Tonic-Clonic / history
  • History, Ancient
  • Humans
  • Religion and Medicine
  • Saints*

Personal name as subject

  • None Saint Paul