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April 11, 1925

Clinical Studies in Epilepsy. Composed of Clinical Notes on Some Epilepsies as Bearing on the Pathogenesis of Idiopathic Epilepsy.

JAMA. 1925;84(15):1144. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660410052037

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Abstract

As indicated in the subtitle, this book is a somewhat loosely connected presentation of a group of clinical cases. The introduction deals with a case studied over many years, with an extensive autobiography of the patient. Out of this has come the incentive for the author to discuss the pathogenesis of the diseases included under the title of epilepsy. Dr. Fraser accepts without question the view that the seizures are caused by vasoconstriction, and quotes extensively from Hughlings Jackson, Esquirol and others on the point. The causes of the vasoconstriction are many and include, in accordance with the work of Brown-Séquard, damage to the central nervous system together with some toxic factor. The material has evidently been collected with the object of establishing the views of the author, and the book cannot be recommended as an unprejudiced review of facts and theories. Though the volume contains practically nothing in the

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