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Keywords:

  • Thomas de Quincey;
  • restless legs syndrome;
  • opium

Abstract

Thomas de Quincey, a British writer of 19th century, suffered insomnia from the age of 17 years. In his famous “Confessions of an English-Opium Eater” (1822), he described a symptomatology that could concord with restless legs syndrome long before he became addicted to opium. In this report, we analyze his clinical description and the circumstances leading to his opium addiction. © 2010 Movement Disorder Society