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Gaius Julius Caesar: Epilepsy

Gaius Julius Caesar, who ruled Rome as a dictator from 49 BC until his assassination in 44 BC, is thought to have suffered from epilepsy.  Caesar had at least four bouts of complex partial (focal) seizures in his lifetime, twice on military campaigns.  Suetonius and...

Thomas Edison: Inadequate or Short Sleeper?

Thomas Edison was an inventor who developed the phonograph and the light bulb.  Due to his creativity and work ethic, he saw sleep as a “waste of time” and slept 3-4 hours at night.  However, he was known to take naps to make up for this shortfall of sleep, and even...