The treatment of epilepsy by the injection of rattlesnake venom has attracted some attention. Those of us who are connected with the Pennsylvania Epileptic Hospital and Colony Farm have been besieged by inquiries as to its value. Information was sought in person and by telephone, and letters were received from different parts of the country. The glowing reports heralded throughout the land in the lay press reached our patients and their families, some of whom almost insisted on our using crotalin. The matter became somewhat troublesome and, since we were without personal knowledge on the subject, there seemed sufficient reason for our giving the venom a trial.
Observations on epileptics made under colony supervision should be useful, since the life there is the most regular and healthful possible. Patients are not left to report on their own condition—a method of gathering information which may be most unreliable. Attacks often occur
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