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June 19, 1948

Epilépsy; Psychiatric Aspects of Convulsive Disorders

JAMA. 1948;137(8):754. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890420088025

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Thisslender volume contains the fifteen papers read at the meeting of the American Psychopathological Association in May 1946. The contributions are strangely diverse—the new and the old, the physical and the psychical. In the formergroup are excellent up-to-date discussions of drug therapy (Merritt), of electroencephalography (Jasper) and of heredity (Kallmann and Sander). There is presentation of data on the prevalence of epilepsy (Malzberg), its social implications (Collier), mental testing (Mayman and Rapaport) and the behavior and educational problems of patients of the Baird Foundation Clinic. Convulsions in animals were induced by application of certain substances to the cortex (Kopeloff and Pacella) and by auditory stimuli (Patton). Problems of the psychology and personality of epileptic persons are discussed in four papers by Foxe, Piotrowski, Diethelm and Mittelmann, respectively. These serve to emphasize the failure of psychiatrists and psychologists to show that peculiar personality is a cause or an essential feature of

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