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December 1941

REGULATION OF THE TREATMENT OF EPILEPSY BY SYNCHRONIZED RECORDING OF RESPIRATION AND BRAIN WAVES

Author Affiliations

Assistant in Neurology at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Brain Wave Laboratory at the Massachusetts General Hospital; Graduate Assistant, 1940, in the Department of Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital BOSTON; Assistant Physician to the Maudsley Hospital, London, and the Emergency Hospital, Sutton, Surrey, England LONDON, ENGLAND

Arch NeurPsych. 1941;46(6):1017-1034. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1941.02280240072004
Abstract

The technic of Cobb, Sargant and Schwab1 in recording the synchronous respiration and electroencephalographic activity of epileptic patients at once suggested the possibility of using this method in controlling the treatment of such patients. In this paper the clinical application of the technic to the therapeutic management of 59 patients with epilepsy is described.

MATERIAL  The patients were all from the Massachusetts General Hospital and from both clinic and private wards. Only those were selected who would submit to several examinations and the necessary therapeutic supervision which this investigation entailed. They comprised 31 patients with minor seizures (petit mal) and 28 patients with convulsions (grand mal). Their ages varied from 5 to 46 years. In addition to this group, 15 normal control subjects were observed in order to insure accurate estimation of the limits of the normal variations with this technic.A number of epileptic patients with surgically approachable,

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