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Seized is a narrative portrait of a common brain disorder that can alter personality, illuminating the mind-body problem and the limits of free will. An invaluable resource for anyone touched by epilepsy, Seized gives first-hand accounts of three ordinary patients with temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE), explaining what they suffer and how they cope. The book also tells the stories of creative luminaries diagnosed with or suspected of having TLE, including van Gogh, Dostoevsky, Lewis Carroll, Saint Paul, and Flaubert. The psychological implications of Seized are, according to Publishers Weekly, staggering. Kirkus Reviews called the book Fascinating . . . LaPlantes descriptions of the human brain are wonderfully concrete, her historical research is well presented, and her empathy for TLEs victims is clear. In this fascinating account of medical research, Howard Gardner noted, LaPlante shows how a brain scar may cause bizarre aggressive or sexual behaviorand works of profound creative imagination.