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November 1954

CLASSIFICATION OF THE EPILEPSIES WITH PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO PSYCHOMOTOR SEIZURES

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1954;72(5):631-637. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1954.02330050101013
Abstract

IT IS NO easy task to attempt a classification of the epilepsies today, at a time when knowledge is being gained at such a pace that perspectives are continually changing; but if we are to make the best use of what is new, we need some kind of a filing system which is comprehensive and permits cross reference. The admirable papers written on the subject by Penfield,1 Lennox,2 and McNaughton3 in recent years invite attention and provoke thought, for I doubt whether any neurologist will be entirely satisfied with anyone else's criteria. When, however, he sets out upon a classification of the epilepsies for himself, he becomes aware of many difficulties which were not at first apparent, and among these the usage of words is as great as any other. Once a word has obtained the authority of custom to cover an association of seizures with a

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