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August 1950

Epilepsy and Convulsive Disorders in Children.

Am J Dis Child. 1950;80(2):360-361. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1950.04040020369020

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This book, "intended as a guide for all who deal with epilepsy, particularly among children," is all that the introduction implies. It is an excellent summary of the present status and developments in this field. There is some question whether the author is entitled to some of his sweeping conclusions which are based on a study of only 742 cases of convulsions seen in a clinic. For instance, he is of the opinion that evidence at hand does not furnish conclusive proof of the necessity of hereditary factors in convulsions. The electroencephalogram has established the opposite.

The statement is also made that approximately 4 persons per thousand are subject to epilepsy at some time during their lives. The percentage is several times greater. The author corrects his initial statement concerning the influence of heredity several times later in the book. Exception should be taken to the statement that " 'hereditary' epilepsy

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