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Thomas Sydenham , studied medicine at Oxford. He became the undisputed master of the English medical world and was known as 'The English Hippocrates’. Among his many achievements was the discovery of a disease, Sydenham's Chorea, also known as St Vitus Dance.


The patron saint of dancers is also the patron saint of epileptics. Sydenham's chorea, a disorder characterized by rapid, uncoordinated jerking movements in the face, hands and feet, has been historically referred to as Saint Vitus Dance. I know a girl whose religion is dance. She worships prima ballerinas. She says she can speak to them in her mind. Today we have science, but back then the difference between epileptics and dancers wasn't much. Something mysterious, something otherworldly…