Gustave Flaubert’s epilepsy. Indirect and direct accounts Volume 18, issue 3, Juillet-Août-Septembre 2006

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Gustave Flaubert suffered from a partial epilepsy with visual hallucinations, sometimes followed by complex symptoms, loss of consciousness and final convulsions. The first seizure occurred the first of January 1844. Henri Gastaut, in an article published in 1982 demonstrated it brilliantly while relating testimonies of some friends of the writer and of Flaubert himself. The author analyses the different reasons that led to this diagnosis and insists on the direct accounts than can be found in his lengthy correspondence. He thinks that the seizures do not have major repercussions.