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September 22, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVII(12):941. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520120037005

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According to a careful estimate, says Coöperation, the organ of the Chicago Bureau of Charities, one in every five hundred of the population is an epileptic, and it, therefore, argues the importance of establishing public institutions for the care of these unfortunates. They are, it says, a burden to their friends and a menace to the welfare of others with whom they are associated, and yet they are not properly suited for the public institutions to which many of them are sent.

To a very large extent, this is the truth, but it is not exactly correct to infer that all cases need care in the same class of institutions, or even in any institution at all. The total of epileptics must include an appreciable number of individuals whose epilepsy is a comparatively slight disability and who are capable of maintaining themselves under the ordinary conditions in society. There are

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