Epilepsy Series-Disabled Legend Peter the Great

Peter I the Great or Pyotr Alexeyevich Romanov was born on 9 June 1672 and died on 8 February 1725. Both Peter’s hands and feet were small, and his shoulders narrow for his height; likewise, his head was also small for his tall body. Added to this were Peter’s facial tics, and, judging by descriptions handed down, he may have suffered from petit mal, a form of epilepsy.

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Epilepsy Series-Disabled Legend Hannibal

Hannibal was a Carthaginian military commander and tactician, later also working in other professions, who is popularly credited as one of the finest commanders in history. Hannibal lived during a period of tension in the Mediterranean, when Rome (then the Roman Republic) established its supremacy over other great powers such as Carthage, Macedon, Syracuse, and the Seleucid empire. Hannibal’s most famous achievement was at the outbreak of the Second Punic War, when he marched an army, which included war elephants, from Iberia over the Pyrenees and the Alps into northern Italy.

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Epilepsy Series-Disabled Legend Alfred the Great

Alfred the Great was born in c. 849 and died on 26 October 899. Alfred the Great was king of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Wessex from 871 to 899. In his life Alfred highly valued education and wanted his kingdom to be rich with knowledge. He improved his Kingdom’s law as well as it’s military structure. Although Alfred had epilepsy it did not keep him from doing good for his kingdom and making one of the best books of laws of his time. He was very catholic and by the time of his death he had helped increase the quality and amount of churches and schools from all over his lands.

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Epilepsy Series-Disabled Legend Aristotle

Aristotle was born in 384 BC and died in 322 BC. Aristotle was a Greek philosopher writing on many different subjects including zoology, biology, ethics, government, politics, physics, metaphysics, music, poetry and theater. He was also a great teacher for Alexander the Great. Aristotle was one of the first to point out that epilepsy and genius were often closely connected. He found that the seizure disorders may have the ability to increase brain activity in specific places and maybe also enhance a persons natural abilities to a certain extent.

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Epilepsy Series-Disabled Legend Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great was born on 20 July, 323 BC and died on 10 June, 356 BC, also known as Alexander III, was an ancient Greek king (basileus) of Macedon (336–323 BC). Alexander died after twelve years of constant military campaigning, possibly as a result of malaria, poisoning, typhoid fever, viral encephalitis or the consequences of alcoholism. Born in Pella, capital of Macedon, Alexander was the son of King Philip II of Macedon and of his fourth wife Olympias, an Epirote princess. Alexander the Great had epilepsy, however at during his time epilepsy was known as “the sacred disease” because of the belief that those who had seizures were possessed by evil spirits or touched by the gods and should be treated by invoking mystical powers.

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Spina Bifida Series-Disabled Legend Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo was born on 6 July, 1907 and died on 13 July 1954. Frida was a Mexican painter, who has achieved great international popularity. She painted using vibrant colors in a style that was influenced by indigenous cultures of Mexico as well as European influences that include Realism, Symbolism, and Surrealism. Kahlo contracted polio at age six, which left her right leg looking thinner sometimes than the other (a deformity Kahlo hid by wearing long skirts). It has also been conjectured that she also suffered from spina bifida, a congenital disease that would have affected both spinal and leg development.

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