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February 1939

Die Epilepsie des Kindesalters.

Arch NeurPsych. 1939;41(2):433. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1939.02270140219021

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The author's problem was to investigate the numerical relationship of the appearance of genuine and of symptomatic epilepsy. He concludes that it is no longer feasible to divide epilepsy into "genuine" and "symptomatic" forms, but that a third group must be differentiated: that of "symptomatic epilepsy in children tainted with hereditary diseases." This sounds reasonable, but most of the author's long discussion of "symptomatic epilepsy, on the one hand, and genuine epilepsy, on the other" seems meaningless to the reviewer.

Schreck discusses his own material and presents data on 44 cases of "symptomatic" epilepsy, 15 cases of "genuine" epilepsy and 43 cases that fall into his third group of "hereditary tainting." His division of cases into those of "symptomatic" and those of "genuine" epilepsy depends on the evidence for "early organic injury to the brain," and regularity and uniformity of fits in the former, as apposed to evidence for "hereditary

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