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Monday, June 20, 2011
Medical Mondays: Stendhal Syndrome/Double Rainbow
Stendhal Syndrome occurs when a person is in the presence of artwork that literally overwhelms the viewer, causing symptoms of dizziness, hallucinations, delirium, rapid heart beat, and occasionally fainting.
The syndrome was named after Stendhal (the pen name for Henri-Marie Beyle) a French author who experienced the syndrome during a visit to Florence, Italy.
In novels, Stendhal Syndrome has been seen in:
Astoria, by Robert Viscusi
The Importance of Being Seven, by Alexander McCall Smith
It can also occur when viewing beauty in the natural world.
So, okay. Some people have blamed the reaction by the infamous Double Rainbow video guy on Stendhal Syndrome.
Others have blamed...er...more illicit causes.
You be the judge.
Have you ever experienced Stendhal Syndrome?