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Sleep Med. 2010 Jun;11(6):586-8. doi: 10.1016/j.sleep.2010.03.001. Epub 2010 May 6.

Did Immanuel Kant have dementia with Lewy bodies and REM behavior disorder?

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Department of Neurology, Clinica Las Condes, Chile. marcelomirandac@gmail.com

Abstract

Immanuel Kant, one of the most brilliant minds of the XVIII century and of western philosophy, suffered from dementia in his late years. Based on the analysis of testimonies of his close friends, in this report we describe his neurological disorder which, after 8years of evolution, led to his death. His cognitive decline was strongly associated with a parasomnia compatible with a severe rapid eye movement (REM) behavior disorder (RBD) and dementia with Lewy bodies.

PMID:
20451446
DOI:
10.1016/j.sleep.2010.03.001
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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