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April 16, 1927

HYDROCEPHALUS WITH CESSATION OF PERSISTENT EPILEPTIC CONVULSIONS AFTER PUNCTURE OF THE LATERAL VENTRICLES

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Philadelphia

JAMA. 1927;88(16):1234-1235. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.92680420024010a
Abstract

Concerning the pathology of organic epilepsy there is a wide diversity of opinion. However, it is admitted by the majority of observers that the reception of stimuli and the discharge of motor power, viz., muscular spasms in epilepsy, are the province of the motor cells of the cortex. Therein lies the main station to which flow the abnormal nervous currents. As to the original sources of stimulation or irritation, the accumulated anatomoclinical, physiologic and experimental data present a very large field of localizations in the brain between its anterior and posterior poles, and the site of the lesion may not necessarily be in the motor area itself. The case reported here seems to be highly instructive from this particular standpoint, as it indicates the special seat of the lesion and consequently leads to a logical surgical intervention. The case is also important from a therapeutic point of view, as it leads to

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