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falling sickness

 

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Word: "falling sickness"

Short Definition:

old term for epilepsy

Long Definition:

Once upon a time, epilepsy was known as “the falling sickness.” That's the afflicted individual has a tendency to drop to the ground suddenly and thrash about in convulsions. Non-epileptics can simulate this experience through heavy drinking.

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Falling Sickness

It's autumn, when leaves start to fall. And so do epileptics like Editor B, if he forgets to take his medicine.


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