Seneca and the First Description of Anton Syndrome

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Title Seneca and the First Description of Anton Syndrome
Creator Charles André, MD, PhD
Affiliation Department of Neurology (CA), Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Department of Neurology, Sinapse Neurologia e Reabilitação (CA), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Abstract Seneca was a Roman philosopher, politician, and mentor to the young Nero. He later fell in disgrace and was sentenced to death by the Emperor. Seneca left many texts, one of the most influential being his Moral Letters to Lucilius (63 CE). In Letter 50, he describes the case of Harpaste, his wife's foolish slave who acutely became blind. She denied her illness and argued irrationally about room darkness, constantly asking attendants to change her quarters. Harpaste's case, consisting of acutely acquired blindness and anosognosia in the presence of relatively well-preserved cognition, fulfills the clinical criteria for the diagnosis of Anton syndrome, and probably constitutes its first description.
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Publisher Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
Date 2018-12
Type Text
Source Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology, December 2018, Volume 38, Issue 4
Language eng
Rights Management © North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society
Publication Type Journal Article
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Setname ehsl_novel_jno
Date Created 2020-01-08
Date Modified 2020-03-19
ID 1500783
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