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December 20, 1919


JAMA. 1919;73(25):1896. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610510034027

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To the Editor:  —Dr. L. Pierce Clark (The Journal, Dec. 6, 1919, p. 1767) introduces his report of a case of influenza and epileptiform attacks with the words: "Since no case has yet been recorded in which epilepsy or epileptiform attacks have apparently been initiated by influenza...." Of course, Dr. Clark must mean that no such case has been reported from the 1918-1919 epidemic of influenza, since there are numerous cases in the literature from previous epidemics, as cited below. But the present epidemic of influenza seemed to have a much more potent effect on patients already avowedly epileptic than in the direction of producing epilepsy or epileptiform syndromes. Maillard G. and Brune, in the Presse médicale (27:70 [Feb. 10] 1919), consider the topic "Grippe et épilepsie" under the heads of (1) "The Influence of Influenza on Epilepsy," and (2) "The Influence of Epilepsy on Influenza," and the latter

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