An important advance in the treatment of so-called idiopathic epilepsy will be made if it is possible to break up the great army of epileptic persons, now regarded collectively as one group, into smaller, component groups, each with its own unique and constant clinical features, expressing its own individual etiologic mechanism and, finally, responding to its own specific method of therapy.
The first step in such a program must be the accurate description and delineation of all the various clinical syndromes as they are observed from time to time. Only after this can the etiologic factors and the appropriate therapy in any given case be determined. In 1936, in line with this thought, I described such a specific epileptic syndrome1 which had come to my mind, and suggested a possible form of therapy. The present paper consists essentially of a description of a second specific epileptic syndrome, with an
SCARFF JE. PSEUDOJACKSONIAN EPILEPSY IN CHILDREN. Arch NeurPsych. 1943;49(2):223-236. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1943.02290140083007