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To the Editor:—
I realize that answers to the questions propounded in Queries and Minor Notes must be brief, but a half answer may be worse than none. This is the case in the answer to "Marriage in Epilepsy" on page 1402 of the issue of October 18. Largely on the basis of the electroencephalographic evidence which my associates and I have gathered, the writer states that the only hope of eliminating epilepsy is by birth control among epileptic adults. He overlooks the fact that the brain wave studies indicate that for every epileptic patient there are probably twenty or more nonepileptic patients who nevertheless are carriers of this or an allied disorder. Therefore, childlessness of all persons with epilepsy would eliminate only 5 per cent of epilepsy. Prohibitions applied to a person with epilepsy apply with equal force to one half of his relatives and to something like 10
Lennox WG. MARRIAGE IN EPILEPSY. JAMA. 1941;117(21):1806. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820470054023