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October 1950

SURGICAL THERAPY OF TEMPORAL LOBE SEIZURES

Author Affiliations

MONTREAL, CANADA

From the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, McGill University, and the Montreal Neurological Institute.

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1950;64(4):491-500. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1950.02310280003001
Abstract

DURING recent years the mechanisms involved in the production of focal temporal lobe seizures have gradually come to light. Many cases of epilepsy, formerly considered idiopathic, are now to be recognized as focal cerebral attacks. The result is that new knowledge has been gained of the function of the human temporal cortex and a new field of surgical therapy presents itself.

In this paper we shall content ourselves with an analysis of the results of surgical therapy. In all of this work we have been greatly helped by Dr. Herbert Jasper; indeed, some of our success would have been impossible without his collaboration.

This analysis covers a 10 year period which ended in April 1949. During that time 68 patients who suffered from temporal lobe seizures were operated on.1 The fact that during the 12 months that have followed that period 30 more such patients were subjected to operation

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