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February 1950

INCIDENCE OF PSYCHOMOTOR EPILEPSY IN AN ARMY PSYCHIATRIC CONSULTATION SERVICE

Author Affiliations

MEDICAL CORPS, ARMY OF THE UNITED STATES

From the Neuropsychiatric Consultation Service, Third Armored Division, Fort Knox, Ky.

Arch NeurPsych. 1950;63(2):229-234. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1950.02310200037004
Abstract

WE HAVE been impressed by the incidence of psychomotor epilepsy in the patients seen at the neuropsychiatric consultation service of the Third Armored Division, Fort Knox, Ky. A wide variety of psychiatric conditions, particularly inadaptability and disciplinary problems, are seen in this service. Recognition of psychomotor epilepsy is felt to be important in that it is a factor in the differential diagnosis of some psychiatric syndromes. We feel that increased awareness of the variety of symptoms presented in psychomotor epilepsy and more widespread use of the electroencephalograph will result in a substantial increase in the recognition of this condition. Our experience at the consultation service illustrates this point graphically. During 1948, of 4,047 new patients seen, 94 (2.3 per cent) had a disorder diagnosed as epilepsy, and, of these, only 2 were considered to have the psychomotor type. In the first two months of 1949, 651 new patients were seen.

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