The Medical Lives of History`s Famous People

Temporal Lobe Epilepsy: The Possible Medical Cause of the Conversion of St. Paul

Author(s): William James Maloney

Pp: 140-144 (5)

DOI: 10.2174/9781608059362114010026

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St. Paul was an early Christian follower of Jesus. Paul was converted to Christianity in what has become known as the Damascus Road experience. Prior to his conversion Paul persecuted Christians. Seizures of temporal lobe epilepsy occur in individuals of any age. Hallucinations of voice, people, smell, taste and music may occur during a seizure. Some individuals experience temporal lobe epilepsy after meningitis or a head injury. There is speculation that St. Paulʼs conversion was a result of a temporal lobe epileptic seizure.

Keywords: Body posture, bright light, Damascus, epilepsy, fear, hallucinations, head injury, hypergraphia, hyperreligiosity, hyposexuality, meningitis, Saul, seizures.

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