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The author of this volume, the Hon. W. P. Letchworth, is already favorably known as a philanthropic worker by his previous volume on the insane and their treatment, to which the present one is a companion. In this he takes up the subject of a scarcely less serious human affliction than insanity. The epileptics, excluding such as have the fits only at long intervals and without any perceptible impairment of intellect or emotional control, are a most unfortunate class, many of them practically incapable of earning their own support and hence a burden on their friends or on the state. A large number of these drift into county poorhouses; some even not insane in the true sense of the word, into asylums. It is the care of this class, relatively not so numerous, but still a large one, that this book discusses. Mr. Letchworth has evidently carefully studied his subject
Care and Treatment of Epileptics.. JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(7):444. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460070060022