To many it may seem unnecessary to add further data to the time-worn subject of the surgical treatment of organic epilepsy; but with the advent of new methods of diagnosis, efforts are constantly being made to reduce the hopelessness of the epileptic state, and particularly of those individuals suffering from the epileptoid or symptomatic form. Unfortunately, ventriculographic studies of the epileptic brain are of service only when there is marked cerebral displacement caused by tumors or cysts. The great majority of the organic types of this disorder follow trauma and its obscure and widely varying scar formation, the presence of which cannot be ascertained by means of ventriculography. Electrization of the cortex, and other mechanical means to detect abnormal variations of density of brain substance, are also too inconstant to be of service.
At the very outset I desire to state that I do not deny that an arrest of
CLARK LP. THE SURGICAL TREATMENT OF ORGANIC EPILEPSYCLINICAL AND PATHOLOGIC ANALYSIS OF THIRTY CASES. JAMA. 1924;82(10):770–775. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02650360012004