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May 1959

Mental Symptoms in Temporal Lobe Epilepsy and Temporal Lobe Gliomas.

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1959;81(5):600. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1959.02340170066006

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A great deal has been written on the temporal lobe in recent years; but because of a confused nomenclature, it has been hard to understand the exact meaning of many of the authors. Dr. Bingley is to be congratulated on having written a clear and well-thought-out monograph. He gives an excellent historical background of our knowledge of the temporal lobe, paying due respect to Hughlings Jackson and the other great figures in early English neurology. He describes temporal lobe epilepsy extremely well and gives a good classification of the various types of seizure that are found in this disorder. He divides them into Jacksonian fits; perceptual seizures of smell, taste, hearing, and vision; visceral motor and sensory seizures; aphasias; automatisms, and complex mental seizures. His material consists of 90 cases of temporal lobe epilepsy seen in the neurological clinic, all personally studied by careful methods. In addition, there were 253

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