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November 1936

FREQUENCY OF EPILEPSY IN OFFSPRING OF PERSONS WITH EPILEPSYWITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO DIFFERENCES BETWEEN INSTITUTIONAL AND EXTRAMURAL PATIENTS

Author Affiliations

CHICAGO

From the Department of Nervous and Mental Diseases, the Northwestern University Medical School and the Minnie Frances Kleman Memorial Fund.

Arch NeurPsych. 1936;36(5):1045-1048. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1936.02260110130010
Abstract

Studies of the incidence of epilepsy in the offspring of persons with epilepsy have hitherto been made almost exclusively with institutionalized patients. Such patients, however, are a highly selected group, for in addition to the presence of seizures there have occurred mental changes, principally deterioration and clouded states, which necessitated hospitalization. The great mass of persons with epilepsy who are not institutionalized have not been included in such studies because writers in institutions have had no contact with them. Some characteristics of extramural patients have already been indicated by one of us (H. A. P.);1 namely, only 6.5 per cent show deterioration, the remainder adjusting themselves to life as well as their fellowmen; they come of a stock with a lighter burden of neuropathy; they have fewer seizures; the onset of the disease is later, and the disease has more and longer remissions.

Although no exact statistics regarding the

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