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Afflicted by the Gods: The Shared History and Neurobiology of Psychosis and Epilepsy

      Hercules, demi-god of Greek mythology, endured a difficult life. The product of an affair between Zeus and Alcmene, he was cursed by Hera (always the jealous wife) with frequent episodes of madness and seizures. His eyes would roll back, he would foam at the mouth, and he would lose consciousness. Shortly after, he would become “mad” with violent and irrational behavior. He agonized with these spells throughout his life but, from each one, he emerged triumphant, stronger, and ready to conquer the next adventure.
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