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Think painting provides heart attack, epileptic seizures and mystical judgment

Some are characterized more by the art than others.

A 70-year-old man was Saturday hit by an acute injury in the Uffizi gallery in Florence, Italy. It is unclear whether it was a cardiac arrest or a heart attack. Fortunately for the man was a group of tracking also visiting in the gallery, and treated him at the scene. This reports The Times.

By all accounts, it is neither red meat or cigarettes that caused anfallet. On the contrary, we can according to the newspaper blame the renessansemaleren Sandro Botticelli, and his painting "Venus' birth" from 1486.

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the Man is believed to have been hit by Stendhals syndrome, also known as Florence syndrome. The condition (which is not recognised by the medical diagnosesystemer as the DSM-5 and ICD-10) is characterized by dizziness, judgment, hallucinations, and in the worst case a heart attack at the sight of the "overwhelming beauty".

the Syndrome was first described by the French writer Henri Beyles, known under the pseudonym of Stendhal. In the book "Rome, Naples et Florence," from 1817 he writes that he experienced palpitations and dizziness at the sight of the artwork "the Basilica di Santa Croce" in Florence.

Heart beating wildly,

Beyles describes at the same time to have experienced "a kind of ecstasy" after seeing the kunstverkets "sublime beauty".

my Heart beat wildly, the life went out of me. I was afraid that I would fall if I took a step, he writes in the book, according to The Daily Mail.

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the Actual diagnosis was later introduced by the Italian psychiatrist Graziella Magherini in the release "La sindrome di Stendhal". Here he describes the 106 cases where the tourists in Florence experienced "affektforstyrrelser caused by florentine art."

the Tourists, who all received acute treatment, should have been hit at different galleries and museums in the Italian city. The symptoms of their include dizziness, palpitations, fatigue, and hallucinations. In the most severe cases, patients unsure of who they were.

Dr. Magherini believed the tourists had been hit by the Stendhal syndrome, and identified "an impressionable personality, the stress associated with traveling" as factors that made them especially vulnerable.

All could, however, affected by the syndrome, he believed, "in the face of a city like Florence, haunted by death, the ghosts and historical perspective".

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70-year-old who should have been stricken, was admitted to the Careggi hospital in Florence, where doctors should be familiar with the bizarre syndrome, and know how they treat it.

Director Eike Schmidt at the Uffizi gallery tell The Daily Mail that the incident is not the first case of Stendhal syndrome they have experienced.

- It happens, especially in front of masterpieces such as Botticelli, and Caravaggios "Medusa", he says.

He tells us further that a visitor fainted in front of the latter earlier in the year, and that a third museumsgjest was hit by an epileptic seizure in front of botticelli's "Primavera" in 2016.

- This is the proof: art affects reality, " he says. He adds that he previously worked at the american galleries, but that the syndrome appears to be exclusively for Florence.

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we believe Dr. Magherini, Schmidt absolutely right. He thought namely the Italian towns had a predominance of cases due to renessansekunsten.

This he considered as the most beautiful and at the same time "most disturbing" art, and he thought it could get susceptible individuals to get in touch with difficult memories.

A similar syndrome was described by doctors at the Kfar Shaul Mental Health Centre in Jerusalem in 2000. "Jerusalem syndrome" has similar symptoms but is caused by an overwhelming experience of "the holy, historic and heavenly city".

Happen to see cases of this condition out to overlap with diagnoses such as borderline personality disorder and psykoselidelser, as opposed to both Jerusalem and the Stendhal syndrome is recognized by diagnosesystemene DSM-5 and ICD-10.

the Journalist Louis Inturrisi had his own theory about the Stendhal syndrome. He thought the reason simply was that people went on vacation with an overly packed schedule, and were exhausted in the attempt to get all the culture of Florence.

- In the absence of a sure cure, I recommend sengehvile (with remote control available), lots of lettbrus (without the caffeine) and only the walls, he wrote in The New York Times in 1996.

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