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October 9, 1943

Convulsive Seizures: How to Deal with Them, a Manual for Patients, Their Families and Friends

JAMA. 1943;123(6):387. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840410069027

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There is a real need for a book to which the victims of convulsions and their families can turn for reliable information. In a large measure this book supplies that need. The task of any book which would instruct patients is a difficult one. Such a book must on the one hand be accurate and sufficiently complete to supply the patient with the required information without at the same time frightening him with rare and unlikely complications of his disorder and without providing just enough information to encourage self medication. A book which would treat of "epilepsy" has one other requirement which it must meet—it must help to brush away the superstitions, fears and inaccurate concepts which have grown up about the convulsive states of unknown origin. If the present book has any one general failing, it is that it is not sufficiently forceful on the latter point. It says

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