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Useless fact of the day...

Julius Caesar, Martin Luther and Jonathan Swift all suffered from Ménièr's disease. It is a disorder of the hearing and balance senses causing hissing, roaring or whistling sounds to be perceived.

See, you're not alone. :)

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paradigmshifty
Sep. 27th, 2006 02:34 pm (UTC)
And two of those people were murdered... Nice going there boyo :-)
rainbow_rising
Sep. 27th, 2006 07:54 pm (UTC)
I thought Caesar has epilepsy??

Maybe both then??
greenglowgrrl
Sep. 27th, 2006 10:06 pm (UTC)
Hal is quoting from "Fun Facts". The adjacent entry said Big Julie had epilepsy. I have had fun Mythbusting the Fun Facts site.

Its unlikely the poor sod had both. Epilepsy, before the invention of eeg's was a catchall for all "Fall down go boom!" conditions. Bit like shingles could have been diagnosed by your neighbours as "leprosy" in the middle ages. This meant you got turned out of your house and your neighbours got to pilfer your stuff, so it was a popular community diagnosis.

J.C. definately had a "falling sickness", but I have found no mention of the deafness which is part of Meniere's anywhere but in Shakespeares play, where he has J.C. specifically say he is deaf in one ear.

It is well known that Bill was a great entertainer but an absolutely lousy historian. The "deaf ear" was probably a poetic device, illustrating that warnings fell on it.

JR Huges, of the Department of Neurology, School of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago published a retroactive diagnosis of 43 famous people alleged to be epileptic.

Wikipedia, known to be somewhat more accurate than Fun Facts, has drawn on his research in this table.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_believed_to_have_epilepsy

Jonathon Swift and Martin Luther, once considered epileptic, have strong cases for Menieres. Julius Caeser does not seem to have been picked up by another team, and epilepics everywhere can still feel free to throw on a sheet at halloween and pronounce themselves "Julius Seizure".

Not that this should stop those with Menieres playing that game too. Its all "Fall down go Boomp" disease, and the small island of knowledge we have about neuralogical disease is surronded by vast oceans of ignorance.

Togas for everyone!


paxford
Sep. 27th, 2006 09:03 pm (UTC)
Et tu Brute? :-D
polrua
Sep. 27th, 2006 10:53 pm (UTC)
Maybe if they stopped going to all those metal gigs.
The stage-diving can't be good for you either.
fire_wuff
Sep. 28th, 2006 10:17 am (UTC)
And I though it was the kero fume from living in the flight path to melb aiport.

Dam...
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