Charles Dickens and epilepsy

Epilepsia. 1994 Jul-Aug;35(4):903-5. doi: 10.1111/j.1528-1157.1994.tb02530.x.


Through some characters in his novels, Charles Dickens recorded observations on the nature of epileptic seizures, their causes and provocation, and their consequences. Three of his main characters, Monks, Guster, and Bradley Headstone, had seizures which Dickens realistically described.

Publication types

  • Biography
  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • England
  • Epilepsy / history*
  • Famous Persons*
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Literature, Modern / history*
  • Medicine in Literature*

Personal name as subject

  • C Dickens