September 10, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(11):611-612. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450110053006

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Epilepsy, which is commonly treated of as a spinal disease in the text-books, is also there usually considered as a curable one, at least to a certain extent. Practically, however, well-marked cases in adults are commonly estimated as incurable, and there are neurologists who seem disinclined to admit even the small percentage of recoveries that others allow as possible. Dr. Wharton Sinkler, for example, in a recently published paper, appears to take the ground that a suspension of epileptic symptoms for a term of many years is to be considered rather as a remission than a cure; in fact, he apparently considers it hardly justifiable to put down any case as cured. He has collected a series of twenty-four cases altogether, in which the epileptic symptoms failed to reappear for various periods ranging from two to twenty-nine years, including eight cases in which they were lacking from five to nine

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