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March 29, 1913

Eighteenth Annual Report of the Craig Colony for Epileptics

JAMA. 1913;60(13):1019. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04340130065038

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This report of the oldest and most important of the public institutions for epileptics reveals many shortcomings in the way of buildings and equipment in the institution, but is a highly interesting document in that the pathologist's report furnishes considerable valuable information on which to base further study of the etiology of epilepsy. While the statistics of the colony in regard to recovery do not seem to be encouraging, the pathologist's report largely explains the reason for this. Notable amongathe findings are that a considerable percentage of epileptics have various congenital deformities or developmental defects, not, however, conforming to any particular classification; that various forms of encephalitis bearing a relation, perhaps, to the infectious diseases are frequently found; that constipation or intestinal stasis with consequent probable intestinal toxemia constantly obtrudes itself on the attention; that nephritic changes are present in a large number of cases, due probably to heightened blood-pressure

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