Neurology in holy books

M.J. Al-Aloucy
Hôpital Victor Hugo, Pierrefitte, France

In traditional sacred texts diseases are usually considered to originate from Evil or from the Devil; healing from the Good or from God. Miraculous cures illustrate the superior power of Good over Evil. Many neurological problems were addressed in some sacred texts such as paralysis, muscular weakness, sciatica, headache and epilepsy. The description of these diseases and their often complex symptoms is rich and varied and non-pharmacological treatments are sometimes proposed. The author studied the clinical picture and the therapeutic advice given for neurological diseases as presented in the Holy Books of three religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Poster Session I
Friday, 20 June 1997, 12.15 - 12.45

Second Annual Meeting of the International Society for the History of the Neurosciences (ISHN) and 6th Meeting of the European Club on the History of Neurology (ECHN)

Leiden, The Netherlands