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Medical treatment of epilepsy: from Antiquity to bromides Volume 18, issue 2, Avril-Mai-Juin 2006

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The history of medical treatment of epilepsy starts with the antic Greeks and Romans. For years and against Hippocrates’ convictions, therapeutic approaches were mainly based on superstition along with dietetics advice and scarce pharmacological prescriptions. New scientific ideas only emerged during the 18 th century, while so called «disgusting» remedies were abandoned. Use of bromide in the second part of the 19 th century proved a significant step forward; at the same time epilepsy became at last a neurological disease thanks to Jackson’s works.