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January 1924


Author Affiliations

Chief, Neuropsychiatric Section, Philadelphia Subdistrict. U. S. Veterans' Bureau PHILADELPHIA

Arch NeurPsych. 1924;11(1):84-86. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1924.02190310090008

During the past three years I have examined and had under observation 241 ex-service men, beneficiaries of the U. S. Veterans' Bureau, who have been having convulsive attacks due to various causes. Notwithstanding the fact that diagnosis is difficult, I have tried to come to a definite conclusion from an etiologic standpoint in each case; no doubt some mistakes have been made, although, in every case, observation of attacks in hospital has been possible and descriptions have been furnished by a medical officer. Many cases in which the statements of the patient or of others were not verified by such observation in hospital have been disregarded. As will be seen from Table 1, I have diagnosed 40 per cent. of these men as suffering from epilepsy and the balance or 60 per cent., as suffering from various conditions such as congenital inferiority, hysteria, brain injury, syphilis, endocrine disturbance, brain tumor

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