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July 1957

Epilepsy and the Law.

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1957;78(1):55-56. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1957.02330370069009

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This book, of 177 pages, including a 22-page special "Legislative Index," is the product of two years of work by Dean Barrow, of the University of Cincinnati College of Law, and Dr. Howard D. Fabing, chairman of the Legislative Committee of the American League Against Epilepsy. The major chapters concern (1) marriage license laws, including a summary of current knowledge on the genetics of epilepsy and a brief account of the history of such legislation; (2) sterilization laws; (3) driver's license laws, including a discussion of the Wisconsin statute—a recent and satisfactory method for handling of this problem—and details a model statute for enactment; (4) workmen's compensation laws, including a refutation of employers' arguments against hiring an epileptic and a discussion of the modern forms of legislation intended to further the employment of handicapped persons generally. An outline summary chapter of findings and recommendations ends the burden of the book.

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