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Representing EpilepsyMyth and Matter$
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Jeannette Stirling

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781846312373

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846316173

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Because you're ‘you know. That way’

Because you're ‘you know. That way’

(p.178) Chapter 5 Because you're ‘you know. That way’
Representing Epilepsy
Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses the visual fascination with the seizure, whether medically induced or spontaneous. Words and images are crucially important in order to better understand twenty-first-century medical stories of epilepsy and ‘the epileptic’. This chapter analyses the kinds of stories that shaped their medical identity, and the kinds of stories they could tell, given the systems of representation they had available to them, about what they did and why they did it in relationship to epilepsy. This chapter suggests that medicine in the second half of the twentieth century focused its efforts on definitively locating and fixing an epileptic threshold in the human brain.

Keywords:   seizure, epilepsy, epileptic, medical identity, medicine, human brain, medical stories

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