Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science

The Neurological Emergence of Epilepsy

The National Hospital for the Paralysed and Epileptic (1870-1895)

Authors: Lekka, Vasia

  • First historical account on National Hospital for the Paralysed and Epileptic
  • Presents the nineteenth-century turn towards the neurological study of the human brain and the various political, social, ideological and epistemological implications of this major rupture
  • Focuses on epilepsy’s emergence as a purely neurological disorder
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About this book

This book explores the emergence of epilepsy as a purely neurological disorder, in the second half of the nineteenth century. It focuses on the world’s first neurological hospital, the National Hospital for the Paralysed and Epileptic in London, and on its leading figure, John Hughlings Jackson (1835-1911). Through an analysis of the National Hospital’s medical records and a historical account of the course of epilepsy until our time, this book presents the nineteenth-century turn towards the scientific study of the human brain and the various political, social, ideological and epistemological implications of this major change. In spite of the recent trend of describing the history of mental illness, mental patients and psychiatric institutions, so far, neurology, epilepsy and epileptic patients have largely remained outside the scope of social historians, historians of medicine and social scientists. This book has the ambition to fill that gap.

About the authors

Vasia Lekka was born in Athens, in 1981. Having graduated from the German School of Athens, she studied History at the department of History and Archaeology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece (2003). She continued her postgraduate studies in Cultural History (MA in Modern History – History & Culture) at the University of York, UK (2005). In 2009, she defended successfully her doctoral thesis at the department of History and Archaeology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. The title of her thesis was “The medical foundation of modern epilepsy: the case of the National Hospital for the Paralysed and Epileptic (1870-1895)”. She did her research for the PhD as a fellow of the Marie Curie Fellowships. Building on the Past: European Doctorate in the Social History of Europe and the Mediterranean (University College London, UK). From the academic year 2010-2011, she teaches as a teaching assistant the courses “History and Theory of Psychiatry” and “Introduction to the History of Medicine II”, at the department of Philosophy and History of Science, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. In 2010, she worked as a researcher at the National Hellenic Research Foundation and in 2012, she worked as a researcher on behalf of the “John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation”. She has participated in several Greek and international academic conferences and workshops. In November 2012, her book entitled History and Theory of Psychiatry. From Hippocrates to anti-psychiatry and Michel Foucault was published by “futura Publishing House”. She has also published several articles in Greek and international academic journals and collective volumes. She speaks three languages fluently (English, German, French). Her main academic interests are focusing on the history of psychiatry, the social and cultural history of medicine, and epistemology.

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From the book reviews:

“This book provides a fascinating glimpse into a group of neurological disorders during the later years of Victorian England. Works of this type will appeal to students, practitioners, and historians … . Neurologists, medical students, medical sociologists, and historians of medicine will appreciate it. … This is a unique work that contributes to our understanding of British neurology by examining the medical records of a notable physician’s patients from the late 19th century.” (Elizabeth Connor, Doody’s Book Reviews, August, 2014)


Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Lekka, Vasia

    Pages 1-11

  • “Bodies That Matter”: Living in the Nineteenth Century

    Lekka, Vasia

    Pages 13-37

  • Unrolling the Archives’ Thread: Epilepsy and Epileptics at the National Hospital for the Paralysed and Epileptic

    Lekka, Vasia

    Pages 39-70

  • Discovering Epilepsy and Epileptics in Victorian London

    Lekka, Vasia

    Pages 71-112

  • Epilepsy in the Age of Neurology

    Lekka, Vasia

    Pages 113-164

Buy this book

eBook $149.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-06293-8
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $189.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-06292-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $189.00
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: October 20, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-319-35363-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Neurological Emergence of Epilepsy
Book Subtitle
The National Hospital for the Paralysed and Epileptic (1870-1895)
Authors
Series Title
Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
Series Volume
305
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-06293-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-06293-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-06292-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-35363-0
Series ISSN
0068-0346
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 209
Number of Illustrations and Tables
12 b/w illustrations
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