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January 8, 1955

The Diagnosis and Treatment of Convulsive Disorders in Children

JAMA. 1955;157(2):199. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950190099039

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So many changes have taken place in the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy since Berger introduced the electroencephalogram in 1929 and since phenobarbital (1912) was followed by diphenylhydantoin sodium (Dilantin) in 1938 and by a host of other drugs since then, that a new literature has grown up to replace the old. Much has been written on epilepsy in the adult, but few books have appeared on convulsive disorders in children. The volume under review is, therefore, a timely addition, doubly valuable because of its excellent quality, comprehensiveness, and orderly arrangement. The author, well known for his informative exhibits at a recent meeting of the American Medical Association and head of a widely recognized clinic, based his monograph on a study of 4,158 children with seizures, over half of them classified as having cryptogenic epilepsy. Full consideration is given to diagnosis, primary and secondary epilepsy, disorders simulating epilepsy, precipitating factors,

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