Monday, April 03, 2006

factoid of the day: epilepsy and castration

Did you know...

During the Victorian era, it was believed that epilepsy was caused by being in a constant state of arousal. (Of course)
Seizures were seen to be a sexual release. This naturally led to the belief that, for male epileptics castration would provide the cure. (Naturally)
(No word on how they solved the problem for women. However, I'm sure it had to with a wandering uterus and I'm sure it led to the removal of said traveling uterus.)

New Jersey and Wisonsin didn't throw out their laws allowing castration of epileptics until the twentieth century. (Let's hear it for progress)

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