Letters to the Editor
June 2002

Did Ezekiel Have Temporal Lobe Epilepsy?

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Copyright 2002 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2002

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2002;59(6):561-562. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.59.6.560

In addition to intrinsic, historical, and literary interest, the study of the history of a disease can have pedagogical and even clinical utility by providing memorable exemplar cases. I point out what might be the oldest known case (approximately 2600 years ago) of temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE)1,2: the biblical figure Ezekiel, son of Buzi.3 Appreciation that Ezekiel may have had TLE might be an aid in understanding the Book of Ezekiel, which has proved largely inscrutable to previous religious, literary, and historical study.4

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