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January 1925

Clinical Studies in Epilepsy. Composed of Clinical Notes on Some Epilepsies as Bearing on the Pathogenesis of Idiopathic Epilepsy.

Author Affiliations

By Donald Fraser, M.D., F.R.F.P. & S. (Glas.). Consulting Physician, Royal Alexandra Infirmary, Paisley; Member, Medical Advisory Board, "Colony of Mercy for Epileptics," Bridge of Weir; Consulting Physician, Paisley District Mental Hospital. Pp. 243. Price, $2.50. New York: William Wood & Company.

Arch NeurPsych. 1925;13(1):150-151. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1925.02200070153015

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This is a somewhat peculiar but interesting book, and it contains a great deal of information about epilepsy. None of this information is original with the author. It is assembled from widely scattered sources, much of it practically forgotten. And it is to the credit of the author to have brought forward some of this forgotten or ignored lore, notably the thoughts and pronouncements of Hughlings Jackson.

But the title of the book is a misnomer. It is not the report of a series of careful clinical studies but a series of essays on various aspects of epilepsy, here and there illustrated by cases. And much of the matter is purely speculative.

The author states that the book is in effect the expansion of what was meant to be a journal article based on a single case of epilepsy. This case is an unusual and most interesting one and quite