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August 29, 1953


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From the Children's Medical Center.

JAMA. 1953;152(18):1690-1694. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690180012004

Epilepsy is no longer inscrutable; its control is no longer in the state of wishful thinking. The electroencephalogram, new medicaments, and fresh surgical techniques promise recovery to countless victims of the disease and to their physicians. However, there are obstructions as formidable as the seizure barriers already passed. The good physician cannot abandon his charges at this point, but he must study these obstacles and assist in surmounting them. He must match modern drug and surgical therapy with practical sociopsychological therapy. The good physician is concerned not only with turbulent brain waves but with disturbed emotions and with social injustice, for the epileptic is not just a nervemuscle preparation; he is a person, in health an integrated combination of the physical, the mental, the social, and the spiritual. Disruption of any part can cause or aggravate illness.

EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS  Epilepsy is not characterized by a continuous prolonged condition but a