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September 1928

RECURRENT "ATTACKS" OTHER THAN MIGRAINE AND INFANTILE CONVULSIONS PRECEDING "TRUE" EPILEPSY

Arch NeurPsych. 1928;20(3):443-463. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1928.02210150003001
Abstract

In this study, the records of 500 patients with epilepsy seen in private practice were reviewed for the purpose of noting all recurrent attacks preceding the true seizure and determining, if possible, their relation to epilepsy. The same series of cases has been utilized in previous studies.1

The original series of 500 comprises only those cases of epilepsy in which there were no physical conditions. Even cases in which other conditions were most likely merely complications were excluded: e.g., rheumatic arthritis and otitis media. Sixty-four records were found in which recurrent "attacks" other than infantile convulsions and migraine were noted. They are divided into ten groups, according to the nature of the symptoms. It can, of course, be taken for granted that some of the "attacks" recorded have little or no relation to epilepsy. Others probably are related to the subsequent epilepsy. In general, one may assume that

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