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June 17, 1905

"Epilepsy of Syphilitic Origin."

JAMA. 1905;XLIV(24):1946. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500510054021

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Pittsburg, June 9, 1905.

To the Editor:  —The statement of Dr. John T. Moore in The Journal, June 10, p. 1855, that "practically all authorities agree that epilepsy, coming on during adult life, unless directly traceable to injury, should be regarded as syphilitic in character" ought not to pass without protest. Certainly the possibility of syphilis should be carefully considered; but there are other causes, among them innocent arteriosclerosis certainly may be reckoned and it would be wrong to give prolonged antisyphilitic treatment in all cases of epilepsy in which the attacks first appear in adult life and which are not traceable to injury.

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