Gourmand syndrome

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Gourmand syndrome
Frontal lobe(at right)

Gourmand syndrome is a rare, benign condition that sometimes occurs in people who sustain injuries to the right frontal lobe. These people develop a new, post-injury passion for gourmet food. It was first described by Regard and Landis in the journal Neurology.[1] It is characterized by a right hemisphere brain lesion and a obsessive focus on eating, thinking, talking, and writing about fine foods.[1] However, it is not associated with an increase in appetite.

The most famous case of gourmand syndrome developed in a Swiss stroke patient. After his release from the hospital he immediately quit his job as a political journalist and took up the profession of food critiquing.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c Regard, M; Landis, T (1997). ""Gourmand syndrome": Eating passion associated with right anterior lesions". Neurology. 48 (5): 1185–90. doi:10.1212/wnl.48.5.1185. PMID 9153440. 

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