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February 1970

The Physician's Role in Guiding the Epileptic Child and His Parents

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatrics, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and the Epilepsy Clinic of The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore.

Am J Dis Child. 1970;119(2):99-102. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1970.02100050101001

My interest and initial endeavors in the psychosocial aspects of epilepsy were stimulated and guided by Edward M. Bridge, MD, former Director and Physician-in-Charge of The Johns Hopkins Hospital Epilepsy Clinic, with whom I worked intimately at this facility for many years. Some of the expressions and recommendations presented in this paper are derived from Dr. Bridge's textbook, Epilepsy and Convulsive Disorders in Children (McGraw-Hill, 1949).

As with any chronic medical disorder, it is important for a child with epilepsy to reach a realistic adjustment to his illness. A veritable acceptance bears a direct relationship to a better overall outlook including optimal seizure control and a general feeling of well-being. On the other hand, lack of acceptance may render seizure control difficult in that it is often responsible for poor cooperation relative to the therapeutic measures prescribed. It is also a major factor, in many instances, in the development of

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