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February 1940

REMISSIONS IN EPILEPTIC PATIENTS TREATED WITH SODIUM BROMIDE IN AN OUTPATIENT CLINIC

Author Affiliations

CHICAGO

From the Department of Nervous and Mental Diseases, Northwestern University Medical School.

Arch NeurPsych. 1940;43(2):299-301. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1940.02280020107008
Abstract

This paper reports a study to determine the number of cases in which all epileptic attacks are stopped during treatment with sodium bromide. Although in many other cases the number of seizures was diminished, only complete cessation of attacks was considered as adequate clinical response to treatment. When all attacks ceased, a remission was said to have occurred.

All the patients seen at regular intervals in the clinic for epilepsy at the Northwestern University Medical School for a period of six months or more were considered in this report. There were 98 such patients. Of the 98 patients, 47 suffered from grand mal and 50 from both grand and petit mal attacks, and 1 had attacks of petit mal alone. In 69 cases the disease was classified as idiopathic, in 19 as organic and in 10 as focal. By a focal attack is meant that the aura or the attack

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