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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Tourettes Syndrome Series-Disabled Legend Dr. Samuel Johnson

Dr. Samuel Johnson LL.D. MA born on 18 September, 1709 and died on 13 December, 1784. Often referred to simply as Dr Johnson, is one of England’s best known literary figures, an essayist, biographer, lexicographer and a critic of English Literature. He was also a great wit and prose stylist, well known for his aphorisms. Johnson had poor eyesight, was hard of hearing and had a scarred face as a result of childhood scrofula. He also had a number of tics and other involuntary movements, the symptoms described by Boswell suggest that Johnson had Tourette syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

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Tourettes Syndrome Series-Disabled Legend Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in 1756 and died in 1791. In late 1992, the British Medical Journal published an article by endocrinologist Benjamin Simkin, M.D. speculating that Mozart had Tourette Syndrome. Apparently he wrote several letters to his cousin Maria that contained many obscene words, especially words having to do with bodily functions. It has also been documented that he was hyperactive, suffered from mood swings, had tics, and loved made-up words. Despite these behaviors, we will probably never know for certain whether Mozart had TS.

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What is Tourettes Syndrome?

Tourette syndrome (also called Tourette’s syndrome, Tourette’s disorder, Gilles de la Tourette syndrome, GTS or, more commonly, simply Tourette’s or TS) is an inherited neurological disorder with onset in childhood, characterized by the presence of multiple physical (motor) tics and at least one vocal (phonic) tic; these tics characteristically wax and wane.

The exact cause of Tourette’s is unknown, but it is well established that both genetic and environmental factors are involved. Genetic studies have shown that the overwhelming majority of cases of Tourette’s are inherited, although the exact mode of inheritance is not yet known, and no gene has been identified.

Tourette’s was once considered a rare and bizarre syndrome, most often associated with the exclamation of obscene words or socially inappropriate and derogatory remarks (coprolalia). However, this symptom is present in only a small minority of people with Tourette’s.
A person with Tourette’s has about a 50% chance of passing the gene(s) to one of his or her children.

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