TY - CHAP A1 - Isam Jaber AL-Zwaini A2 - Ban Adbul-Hameed Majeed Albadri ED1 - Isam Jaber Al-Zwaini ED2 - Ban Adbul-Hameed Majeed Albadri Y1 - 2019-11-13 PY - 2019 T1 - Introductory Chapter: Epilepsy—The Long Journey of the Sacred Disease N2 - Epilepsy is the most common neurological disorder globally, affecting approximately 50 million people of all ages. It is one of the oldest diseases described in literature from remote ancient civilizations 2000-3000 years ago. Despite its long history and wide spread, epilepsy is still surrounded by myth and prejudice, which can only be overcome with great difficulty. The term epilepsy is derived from the Greek verb epilambanein, which by itself means to be seized and to be overwhelmed by surprise or attack. Therefore, epilepsy is a condition of getting over, seized, or attacked. The twelve very interesting chapters of this book cover various aspects of epileptology from the history and milestones of epilepsy as a disease entity, to the most recent advances in understanding and diagnosing epilepsy. BT - Epilepsy SP - Ch. 1 UR - https://doi.org/10.5772/intechopen.85377 DO - 10.5772/intechopen.85377 SN - 978-1-78923-868-6 PB - IntechOpen CY - Rijeka Y2 - 2021-09-21 ER -