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Electricity crackles with authenticity

Baxendale, S; (2015) Electricity crackles with authenticity. [Review]. Lancet Neurology , 14 (5) p. 467. 10.1016/S1474-4422(14)70269-8. Green open access

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Abstract

Since the dawn of cinema, epilepsy has been employed by film makers as shorthand to convey madness, stupidity, or both. In 1929, in one of the first British talking pictures (To What Red Hell?), an aristocratic young man named Harold murders a woman while having a seizure. In the climax of the film, Harold is told he has epilepsy and that the murder is not his fault; his immediate relief that he is not morally culpable for his crime is short-lived. Within seconds, he realises that the diagnosis means he will be a danger to his friends, family, and indeed anyone he may come into contact with.

Type: Article
Title: Electricity crackles with authenticity
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/S1474-4422(14)70269-8
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1474-4422(14)70269-8
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright Elsevier 2015. This article is published under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial Non-derivative 4.0 International license (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). This license allows you to share, copy, distribute and transmit the work for personal and non-commercial use providing author and publisher attribution is clearly stated. Further details about CC BY licenses are available at http://creativecommons.org/ licenses/by/4.0. Access may be initially restricted by the author.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology > Clinical and Experimental Epilepsy
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1461739
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