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Changing name of epilepsy in Korea; cerebroelectric disorder(noi-jeon-jeung,뇌전증,): my epilepsy story.

Authors
 Heung Dong Kim  ;  Hoon-Chul Kang  ;  Sang Ahm Lee  ;  Kyun Huh  ;  Byung-In Lee 
Citation
 EPILEPSIA, Vol.55(3) : 384-386, 2014 
Journal Title
EPILEPSIA
ISSN
 0013-9580 
Issue Date
2014
MeSH
Epilepsy/classification* ; Epilepsy/ethnology* ; Epilepsy/psychology ; Humans ; Quality of Life/psychology ; Republic of Korea/ethnology ; Social Stigma* ; Terminology as Topic*
Keywords
Cerebroelectric disorder ; Renaming
Abstract
Public misconception of epilepsy may lead to significant stigma to the disease itself, thereby causing impaired quality of life in people with epilepsy. Traditionally, epilepsy has been considered to be the consequence of evanescent spiritual forces, and even demonic possession (in many countries). The names of epilepsy in some East Asian countries originated from China, and include madness in their meaning. We recently changed the Korean name of epilepsy, gan-jil (간질, 癎疾: a crazy, convulsive disease having meaning similar to 癲癎), to a neutral and scientifically explainable name: noi-jeon-jeung (뇌전증; 腦電症; cerebroelectric disorder). We expect that changing the stigmatized name of epilepsy to a neutral and scientific term with the meaning of cerebroelectric disorder will reduce the social stigma by understanding of epilepsy as one of the neurologic disorders.
Full Text
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/epi.12516/abstract
DOI
10.1111/epi.12516
Appears in Collections:
1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Neurology (신경과학교실) > 1. Journal Papers
1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Pediatrics (소아과학교실) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Kang, Hoon Chul(강훈철) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3659-8847
Kim, Heung Dong(김흥동) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8031-7336
Lee, Byung In(이병인)
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/98622
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