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November 1954

PSYCHOLOGICAL STUDIES OF SEVEN EPILEPTIC HEMIPARETICS BEFORE AND AFTER HEMISPHERECTOMY

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1954;72(5):555-564. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1954.02330050025004
Abstract

SINCE 1950 there have been a number of reports of the treatment of infantile hemiplegia by hemispherectomy. Cessation of epileptic seizures has been reported in most of these publications, and in some of the cases reported marked improvement in intellectual functioning and personality adjustment has been observed. The results of preoperative and postoperative administrations of psychological tests have been reported, however, in relatively few instances.

During 1952 and 1953 a series of hemispherectomies were performed at the University of Minnesota Hospital. The seven patients were institutionalized epileptics from the State School and Hospital at Cambridge, Minn. The effects of hemispherectomy upon the convulsive disorders, the sensory systems, and the motor systems of these patients were reported in January, 1954, by Johnson, French, and Peyton,14 and a further report was made by Zarling, French, and Johnson at the April, 1954, meeting of the American Academy of Neurology. The present report

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