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May 5, 1956


JAMA. 1956;161(1):97-100. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970010099033

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Employment of Epileptics.—  At the 43rd National Safety Congress in Chicago in October, Dr. B. H. Gray, director of the National Epilepsy League (Chicago), said that, since modern medical treatment of epilepsy is effective in controlling the seizures in 75 to 80% of the patients with epilepsy to a point where the attacks do not interfere with normal living, one would logically assume that this would result in opportunities for employment for these persons. This unfortunately is not true. The reason that industry still has an almost universal policy of not hiring people with epilepsy, whether or not their seizures are controlled, lies in the stigma associated with the disorder. State laws have added to the stigma associated with epilepsy. Many states had laws making marriage of people with epilepsy a crime or making sterilization mandatory or permissible in persons with epilepsy. Almost all states, in their

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