Signs and diagnoses of epilepsies in the medical consilia during the XVI th century Volume 20, supplement 2, Numéro spécial : Epilepsie et Renaissance

Université François Rabelais de Tours, Centre d’Études Supérieures de la Renaissance, CNRS–UMR 6576

The objective of the present essay is to bring concrete examples to build a historical study of epilepsies in the XVI th Century, through a particular medical writing, the medical Consilium. Writing their own remarks and their discussions with colleagues and confronting their clinical examinations with nosological files of handbooks, XVI th Century physicians suggest organic and physiological explanations for epilepsies, related to the medical conceptions of the body in those days. The descriptions and the narrations set off the presence of several concomitant signs to diagnose various forms of epilepsies.