March 25, 1905


Author Affiliations

Professor of Mental and Nervous Diseases, Rush Medical College. CHICAGO.

JAMA. 1905;XLIV(12):950-952. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.92500390034001g

This paper is not intended to be an exhaustive treatise on the therapeutics of this disease. The ideal treatment for epilepsy is that of the Craig colony at Sonyea, and our best efforts should be given to establishing such colonies at the earliest possible moment in every state in which they do not already exist. After we thus make provision for many of these unfortunate people, however, there will still remain a large number who will require treatment at their own homes or in our offices.

In considering the therapeutics of epilepsy in general, it is well to bear in mind the fact that there are spontaneous cures, and one of these cases was brought to my attention for the first time about twenty years ago. I was called to see a man of 60 in convulsions. He had had an attack of grip, with high temperature and suppression of urine;

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