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Medical Theories on Malefic Possession: From Bewitchment to Anti-NMDAR Encephalitis

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Following a diagnostic trajectory that begins with early English cases of bewitchment and becomes hysteria, this article suggests that the new diagnostic category of anti-NMDAR encephalitis provides the best promise of finding a medical reason for the resiliency of some of the severe suffering allegedly caused by malefic possession in early modern England.

Affiliations: 1: University of Alberta, kirsten@uszkalo.com

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