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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 164-166

Newer insights to the neurological diseases among biblical characters of old testament


1 The Leprosy Mission, P.O Motinagar, Masaudha, Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh 224 201, India
2 Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, Punjab 141 008, India

Correspondence Address:
Jeyaraj D Pandian
Department of Neurology, Head of Research, Betty Cowan Research and Innovation Centre, Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, Punjab 141 008
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0972-2327.70873

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Many people over the years have studied the Bible from a medical point of view offering diagnoses for the symptoms and signs that appear to have afflicted numerous individuals in the Bible. We review the biblical characters in the Old Testament and offer newer insights to their neurological diseases. We first look at the battle between Goliath and David. Interestingly, Goliath probably suffered from acromegaly. We propose autism as a diagnosis for Samson which would precede the first known case of autism by centuries. Isaac was a diabetic, and he probably had autonomic neuropathy. Few verses from the books of I Samuel, Psalms, and Ezekiel reveal symptoms suggestive of stroke. Jacob suffered from sciatica, and the child of the Shunnamite woman in II Kings had a subarachnoid hemorrhage. These instances among others found in the Old Testament of the Bible offer newer insights on the history of current neurological diseases.


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