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September 6, 1941

Science and Seizures: New Light on Epilepsy and Migraine

JAMA. 1941;117(10):901. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820360083032

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This book apparently was meant for popular and medical consumption. There are two parts. Part one discusses convulsive seizures and consists of twenty chapters. Part two discusses headache seizures and consists of eight chapters. The author states that this publication can supplement the advice given by the physician or help the layman whose interest "may be a result of his desire to keep abreast of modern thought in medical matters or those who are handicapped by ill health or by popular ignorance." These thoughts are splendid if one is writing about a specific disease with specific etiologic factors. For symptoms like convulsions, on which numerous scientific contributions have been made for the past fifty years and for which, even at this date, no specific etiologic factors have been found, it is extremely questionable whether they can be discussed from a layman's point of view. The layman is not able to

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