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December 28, 1970

Surgical Disconnection of Hemispheres for Seizures

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Rockville, Md

JAMA. 1970;214(13):2339. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03180130071026

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To the Editor.—  I am a member of the family of the patient whose case is case 2 in "Surgical Disconnection of the Cerebral Hemispheres for Intractable Seizures," by Luessenhop et al. Unfortunately, the article (213:1630,1970) contains a number of inaccuracies in regard to this case. First, the article describes delivery as "normal." To be more accurate, delivery was accomplished by cesarean section some 15 hours after the onset of labor. Second, the article states that "two days after birth [the patient] began having frequent generalized seizures." In fact, these began within minutes of birth, while the baby still was in the delivery room. Third, the article described surgical operation" at the age of 36 months." It also says, "He was able to walk unassisted at 3 years of age and talk in simple phrases with a small vocabulary." The boy did walk unassisted at about 41 months of