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March 1, 1947

L'epilessia sperimentale

JAMA. 1947;133(9):654. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880090076032

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The author, who has worked with Adrian in England, reviews his observations and those of others that deal with the oscillographic recordings of nerve impulses after faradic or strychnine stimulation of different portions of the central nervous system of animals. The book is illustrated by reproductions of tracings and is fortified by reference to more than four hundred articles, of which twenty-two are by the author. The presentation is in three parts: (a) general physiology, (b) special physiology and (c) the application of animal experiments to epilepsy in human beings. The author concludes that, because clinically and electroencephalographically the induced convulsions of animals resemble the spontaneous convulsions of patients, these experimental observations can be used to explain the neurophysiology and pathology of epilepsy. The monograph should be of interest to neurophysiologists.

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