Visualizing Migraines

Migraines might have made people see angels. Head pain and the heavens were strangely linked with each other; divine revelations were sometimes accompanied by headaches, which could be explained by the phenomenon of scintillating scotomata — the colorful, serrated, C-shaped hallucinations brought about by a migraine. The illustrations of Hildegard of Bingen’s divine visions, in particular, were quite similar to descriptions of what patients had seen during a migraine attack.
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