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Arq Neuropsiquiatr. 2005 Dec;63(4):1099-103. Epub 2005 Dec 15.

Dostoevsky and Stendhal's syndrome.

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Federal University of São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil. edson-amancio@uol.com.br

Abstract

Stendhal's syndrome occurs among travelers when they encounter a work of art of great beauty. It is characterized by an altered perception of reality, emotional disturbances, and crises of panic and anxiety with somatization. The patient profile described originally for this syndrome was of particularly sensitive individuals who were admirers of works or art: artists, poets, writers and art students, among others. The Russian writer Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky suffered from epilepsy and there is evidence that he presented the symptoms of Stendahl's syndrome while contemplating some works of art, particularly when viewing Hans Holbein's masterpiece, Dead Christ, during a visit to the museum in Basle.

PMID:
16400436
DOI:
10.1590/s0004-282x2005000600034
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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