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[Perspectives] Epilepsy—the unwelcome visitor

“I’ve never met a single other person who has it”, a patient recently told me. She had been diagnosed with epilepsy 5 years before and she felt isolated. But if one in 100 people in the UK has epilepsy, and about 50 million people worldwide are affected, was it even possible that she had never met any one of them? “People just don’t talk about it”, she added, and I knew immediately that was the more likely explanation.