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February 1927

Epilepsy: A Functional Mental Illness.

Arch NeurPsych. 1927;17(2):280. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1927.02200320134019

The death of one of the authors, R. G. Rows, caused Dr. Bond to publish the manuscript as Rows left it. The conclusions arrived at are based on experiences during the war. The authors refer constantly to these patients, but there is no detailed description, so that the reader cannot judge the results and the methods by which they arrived at their conclusions. They start with the preamble that prewar conceptions of fits are not adequate, and that therefore some other explanation is necessary. "Emotional disturbance was the original cause of the first fit in the large majority of the illnesses, and the same factor instigated many of the recurrent fits." They discuss the mental make-up of the epileptic patient and state that the repetition of the emotional states and of the bodily reactions which expressed them leads to its development; they call attention to the fact that epileptic patients

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