In the recent mobilization of the American Army, the number of rejections solely for nervous and mental disease rose early in places to 5 per cent, of the total number. Of the first 13,481 of such rejections, 12.8 per cent, were for epilepsy. A simple calculation based on these figures puts the incidence of epilepsy among the young men examined at one in 150. Such incidence seems an exaggeration of the frequency of epilepsy in our population, but most similar rough indications point to a frequency sufficient to establish a more pressing claim on general medical attention.
Certainly great numbers of epileptics come to the Neurological Institute from far and near. Three hundred and eighty-eight new patients were added to our lists last year. There is a great variety of conceptions among them regarding their ailment, many of which are quite ridiculous. These conceptions correspond in some measure to past
MacROBERT RG. FITS AND FALLACIES. JAMA. 1920;74(15):1000-1004. doi:10.1001/jama.1920.02620150008005