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JAMA 100 Years Ago
August 2, 2006

Bullet Wound of Skull and Epilepsy.

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JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2006;296(5):598. doi:10.1001/jama.296.5.598-c


A young man witnessed the burning of his parents and in his grief seized a revolver and shot himself in the head. Splinters of bone were removed on several occasions afterward, as symptoms of transient paralysis and epilepsy developed, but two years after the accident a box fell from a height on the defect in the skull and severe chronic cortical epilepsy developed at once. The two places where there were gaps in the skull were closed with celluloid plates and the epilepsy vanished. The cure has been permanent for eight years to date.

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