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May 1956

RECOGNITION AND TREATMENT OF THE VARIOUS SEIZURE DISORDERS IN MEDICAL PRACTICE

Author Affiliations

New Haven, Conn.

From the Section of Neurology and Medical Service, Veterans Administration Hospital. Assistant Clinical Professor, Neurology, Yale University School of Medicine (Dr. Levy); present address: Department of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine (Dr. Shanbrom).

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1956;97(5):599-609. doi:10.1001/archinte.1956.00250230093010
Abstract

WHEN THE term "epilepsy" is mentioned, physician and layman alike immediately conjure up the familiar picture of a gross convulsion. Although grand mal epilepsy is the most obvious of the seizure disorders, there is a greater number of attacks which may never manifest themselves as typical "fits." Awareness of the variability of epileptic conditions and their management is of the utmost importance to all physicians, since recognition of the disease may save the patient needless examinations and laboratory studies and correct treatment will prevent progressive damage to the central nervous system. It is the purpose of this paper to discuss the various forms of epilepsy, with special emphasis on those ictal states which may be mistaken for other medical diseases.

INCIDENCE  It is difficult to estimate the true incidence of the epileptic states, since there are unquestionably a very large number of patients who have unrecognized seizures or who never

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