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June 2, 1951


Author Affiliations

Portland, Ore.

From the Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, University of Oregon Medical School.

JAMA. 1951;146(5):436-441. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670050018004

The frequency of convulsive disorders in childhood makes it extremely likely that every physician whose practice includes children will regularly be faced with their management. Many clinicians, however, and a significant portion of the literature on epilepsy appear to be largely preoccupied only with the control of seizures. The physician who is genuinely concerned with the welfare and future of his patient will wish to understand and deal with not only the most dramatic symptoms of the illness (usually the attacks of convulsions) but also other problems which are related to them. In many instances the behavior and social adjustment of epileptic children present difficulties which will challenge the physician's therapeutic skill. So many such children suffer from associated behavior disturbance that it seems worth while to focus attention on these in the present paper.

Behavior difficulties associated with diseases of or injuries to the central nervous system, such as