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Thomas de Quincey and his restless legs symptoms as depicted in “Confessions of an English Opium-Eater”†
Article first published online: 28 JUL 2010
Published 2010 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Volume 25, Issue 13, pages 2006–2009, 15 October 2010
How to Cite
Miranda, M., Williams, A.-M. and Garcia-Borreguero, D. (2010), Thomas de Quincey and his restless legs symptoms as depicted in “Confessions of an English Opium-Eater”. Mov. Disord., 25: 2006–2009. doi: 10.1002/mds.23198
- Issue published online: 28 JUL 2010
- Article first published online: 28 JUL 2010
- Manuscript Accepted: 25 MAR 2010
- Manuscript Revised: 28 NOV 2009
- Manuscript Received: 21 SEP 2009
- Thomas de Quincey;
- restless legs syndrome;
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