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January 1928

Convulsions et épilepsie des enfants.

Arch NeurPsych. 1928;19(1):198-199. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1928.02210070227020

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In this volume, the late author gives his experiences in a long neuropediatric practice. Trained as both clinician and neurophysiologist, he bases his views not only on personal clinical experience but also on a broad knowledge of fundamentals. Convulsions are common in children during the first years of life (période précortico-active), These convulsions are usually benign in nature and the prognosis is favorable, the task of the pediatrician being to recognize in these first infantile convulsions those which can degenerate into true epilepsy. The criteria for benignity of infantile convulsions are: (1) they occur during hyperthemia; (2) they are usually generalized, with prominence of clonic contraction; (3) the bluish discoloration of the face is not so pronounced; (4) the stertorous period is not observed; (5) they are not followed by the cloudy state of sleepiness and apathy. On the other hand, apyretic convulsions beginning on one side, strictly tonic and