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. Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC

The disease of the moon: The linguistic and pathological evolution of the English term lunatic

DE VITO, GIOVANNI;
2011-01-01

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. Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
2011
epileptic; insane; lunatic; medical terms; moon; sleepwalker; Epilepsy; Europe; History; 15th Century; History; 16th Century; History; 17th Century; History; 18th Century; History; 19th Century; History; 20th Century; History; 21st Century; History; Ancient; History; Medieval; Humans; Psychiatry; Psychotic Disorders; Moon; Names; Neuroscience (all); Neurology (clinical); History and Philosophy of Science
Riva, MICHELE AUGUSTO; Tremolizzo, Lucio; Spicci, M; Ferrarese, Carlo; DE VITO, Giovanni; Cesana, Giancarlo; Sironi, V.
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