Epilepsy Program

Epidemiology (the numbers) of Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a condition affecting up to one percent of the world's population. Approximately five percent of people will have at least one seizure in their lifetime. Anyone can get epilepsy, from young babies to old men and women. Epilepsy can begin in old age as well as in childhood.

Many famous people in history have had epilepsy:

World leaders

Julius Caesar, Roman Emperor

Peter the Great, Czar of Russia

Napoleon

James Madison, U.S. President  

Alexander the Great

Charles V, King of England

Karl V, Emperor of Austria

Harriet Tubman (slave freedom)

 

Religious figures

Joan of Arc

Saint Paul the Prophet

Pope Pius IX

Cardinal Richelieu

 

Writers

Dostoevsky

Dickens

Flaubert

Moliere

Jonathan Swift

Tennyson

Edgar Allen Poe

Poet Lord Byron

Dante

Tolstoy

Lewis Carroll

Truman Capote

Agatha Christie

 

Composers and Artists

Handel

Tchaikovsky

Leonardo DaVinci

Michaelangelo

Vincent Van Gogh

 

Scientists and Inventors

Alfred Nobel, inventor of gunpowder and establisher of the Nobel Prize

Pythagoras, inventor of geometry

Socrates, Greek philosopher

 

Actors

Richard Burton

Margaux Hemingway

Danny Glover

 

Athletes

Florence Joyner Griffiths, Olympic sprinter

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