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August 8, 1908

RELATION OF SO-CALLED OPHTHALMIC MIGRAINE TO EPILEPSY.

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BUFFALO, N. Y.

JAMA. 1908;LI(6):480-483. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25410060030001i
Abstract

I venture to offer a word on the subject of the relation of so-called "ophthalmic" migraine to epilepsy—a subject on which discussion is by no means closed.

The "ophthalmic" migraine of Charcot I do not regard as essentially an ophthalmologic subject, but the accompanying, and often quite alarming visual and other sensory disturbances, many of which are naturally referred to the eyes, lead the afflicted to consult an ophthalmologist. This, together with its frequency of occurrence, gives the ophthalmologist a large opportunity to see and study cases of this kind—an opportunity which is unequaled by any other class of practitioners.

From the time of Airy's graphic description,1 in 1868, and of Liveing,2 in 1873, to that of Gowers3 of the present day, the symptoms of this affection have been presented to the profession over and over again, and are, or should be, familiar to all. Therefore, I

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