What is it?
Illustration based on the novel "Poor Miss Finch" by Wilkie Collins

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What is it?

Museo alemán de epilepsia en Kork


Many writers of fiction and poetry have used epilepsy as a theme in their books, e.g. Isabel Allende, Agatha Christie, F.M. Dostoyevsky (who had epilepsy himself), Siegfried Lenz, Thomas Mann, Elsa Morante, Christoph Ransmayr, Christa Wolf (see also the Epilepsy Museum's  Literaturliste ).

In "Poor Miss Finch" by Wilkie Collins (1824 - 1899), one of the main characters, the young man Oscar, has epilepsy, and his illness plays a major role in the novel. Oscar, who is engaged to the blind Lucilla, got epilepsy as the result of a head injury received in an accident.