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The disease of the moon: the linguistic and pathological evolution of the English term "lunatic".
J Hist Neurosci. 2011 Jan; 20(1):65-73.JH

Abstract

The public opinion and the scientific community incorrectly believe that the English term "lunatic" was originally related only to insanity, but it also referred to epileptic people. The aim of this article is to clarify the original meaning of the English word "lunatic" by analyzing the evolution of the relationship between psychiatric and neurological diseases and by pointing out the influence of the moon in the history of medicine, in popular traditions, and in English literature. The article also contains a detailed and accurate review of the modern scientific literature on the relationship between moon and epilepsy/psychiatric disorders.

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Research Centre on the History of Biomedical Thought, University of Milano Bicocca, Monza, Italy. michele.riva@unimib.itNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Historical Article
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

21253941

Citation

Riva, M A., et al. "The Disease of the Moon: the Linguistic and Pathological Evolution of the English Term "lunatic"." Journal of the History of the Neurosciences, vol. 20, no. 1, 2011, pp. 65-73.
Riva MA, Tremolizzo L, Spicci M, et al. The disease of the moon: the linguistic and pathological evolution of the English term "lunatic". J Hist Neurosci. 2011;20(1):65-73.
Riva, M. A., Tremolizzo, L., Spicci, M., Ferrarese, C., De Vito, G., Cesana, G. C., & Sironi, V. A. (2011). The disease of the moon: the linguistic and pathological evolution of the English term "lunatic". Journal of the History of the Neurosciences, 20(1), 65-73. https://doi.org/10.1080/0964704X.2010.481101
Riva MA, et al. The Disease of the Moon: the Linguistic and Pathological Evolution of the English Term "lunatic". J Hist Neurosci. 2011;20(1):65-73. PubMed PMID: 21253941.
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