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Epilepsy - Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

            "Epilepsy is a brain disorder in which clusters of nerve cells in the brain sends abnormal signals. The normal pattern becomes disturbed, causing strange sensations, emotions , behavior and sometimes convulsions, the loss of consciousness unable to communicate nor understand what's happening(#8)". "Epilepsy has existed for Thousands of years, but only has begun to be understood in the past hundred years or so. The earliest finds of Epilepsy began with the Babylonians and almost as old as civilization. The Greeks called Epilepsy the Sacred Disease they believed it was a result of a curse from the Gods. In the Roman society those with Epilepsy were shunned and isolated. They used the blood of a murdered individual , particularly the blood of a gladiator. The enlightenment began to change the way Epilepsy was looked at and it was again believed to be a natural disease. The first person credited with electrical theory was John Hughlings Jackson in 1873. Epilepsy was the result of erratic electrical discharges throughout the entire body through the brain was not a source at the time. In the 1930's Hans Berger invented the EEG. Ten years later in 1939 the first animal model for Epilepsy was developed and treatment methods were experimented with drugs developed and created. In the 1990's American's with Disabilities Acts covered epileptics and prevented them from being discriminated against. In 2000 a massive conference held by the Epilepsy Foundation of America , began the pursuit of a complete and total cure for all epileptics(#10)".
             "Epilepsy is a condition of the nervous system, specifically the brain and how a seizure will affect someone will depend upon where the seizure activity is located in the brain and type of seizure. After all epilepsy is a tiny portion of what compromises a person's life and is not a personality trait or physical characteristic and is a condition.

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