Until a few years ago epilepsy was largely diagnosticated by exclusion. After a complete medical and neurologic examination of a person who had fits, and in the absence of any marked evidence of any physical or mental disorder, he was called an essential or idiopathic epileptic. He practically had an enduring disease without any discoverable cause for it. Of late, a number of investigators have undertaken to study the whole subject anew, not alone from the physical, but also from the psychologic point of view. As a result of these studies, we believe a considerable advance in our knowledge of the subject has been made. For instance, we have analyzed the make-up of the essential epileptic as an individual, to discover, if possible, whether he constitutes a particular type. We have also studied the fit in the light of a biologic reaction and endeavored to analyze the fit as a
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