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July 1938

Krämpfe in Kindesalter.

Arch NeurPsych. 1938;40(1):226. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1938.02270070236030

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Professor Bischoff, director of the university pediatric clinic at Greifswald, Germany, has written this monograph from a rich experience with the convulsions of childhood. He says that spasmodic disturbances are closely connected with the idea of childhood not only by the laity but by the medical profession. Actually, no age is visited so frequently and, at the same time, so intensively by convulsive conditions. Therefore, there must be a disposition on the part of the child's organism to convulsions which is not to be found to such an extent at later ages. The anatomic structure of the central nervous system offers certain peculiarities. The brain of the newborn is not developed to completeness, for example, with regard to myelination. When susceptibility to convulsions is considered as a condition in which the convulsive threshold is low, the attack is to be regarded no longer as a physiologic but as a pathologic