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Bell’s Palsy: A Narrative Account Of The Illness, And A Short Presentation Of The Disease

P. Urbano, F. Urbano
Published 2019 · Psychology

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Bell’s palsy [BP] is a rather common ailment, covered by an extensive literature, in the past decades imbued with the evidencebased medicine, with exclusive reference to diseases. The current revival of narrative medicine [1,2] encourages a reconsideration of the illnesses. Our aim is to join and reconcile the two approaches. Hemifacial paresis had been observed and described since the antiquity [3] but is currently named after Sir Charles Bell (1774– 1842) because he was the first to interpret it on solid neuroanatomical grounds [4,5]. He published the narrative account of the illness in a letter from one of his correspondents [6] and might have suffered it himself [3,7,8]. What generally happens is that BP is the prima facie (literally) diagnosis for hemifacial, or peripheral seventh cranial nerve, paralysis.
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