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September 8, 1956

EPILEPSY AND THE EPILEPTICGUEST EDITORIAL

JAMA. 1956;162(2):118-119. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970190034009
Abstract

The frontiers of epilepsy are many: the anatomy, physiology, and chemistry of the brain; psychology and psychiatry; pharmacology, sociology, and legal medicine; and the broad borderland of human relations. On each of these fronts some advance is being made. For example, the World Health Organization sponsored a six-day conference in London last October devoted to a discussion of juvenile epilepsy as a problem in public health. Broadly considered, any illness that affects a significant segment of the population, and that may yield to well-directed effort, deserves that resources be pooled for its prevention and control. In the past, public health efforts have been centered on the epidemiology and control of infectious disease. The phenomenal success that has resulted should release efforts for the control of other forms of serious illness. One of these, emphasized by the London conference, is epilepsy. This conference was attended by experts on the subject drawn

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