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September 1934

ATOPY AS A CAUSE OF EPILEPSY

Author Affiliations

COLUMBUS, OHIO

Arch NeurPsych. 1934;32(3):517-522. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1934.02250090054005
Abstract

With recent knowledge about the cerebrospinal fluid, water metabolism and the anomalous dural venous sinuses, an entirely new picture appears in the study of epilepsy. To this hopeful outlook the development of allergy is making its contribution. It is my purpose to discuss a small but definite group of cases, which heretofore have been indistinguishable from other cases of essential, or idiopathic, epilepsy, occurring in persons with an inherited tendency to specific, abnormal reactions to certain inhalants, contactants and, more especially, foodstuffs. It is to be understood that I use the terms in the field of allergy in a rather strict sense. Specific hypersensitiveness experimentally induced in animals is called "anaphylaxis." Specific hypersensitiveness occurring spontaneously in man is called "allergy." Allergy is divided into serum sickness, bacterial allergy, contact dermatitis and atopy. Atopy is that form of allergy which is controlled by inheritance, and is the form with which I

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