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November 15, 1952


JAMA. 1952;150(11):1140. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680110080026

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Epilepsy as Obstacle to Marriage.  —Hitherto epilepsy has been classed among the diseases legally contraindicating marriage in Sweden. But of late the wisdom of this prohibition has been seriously challenged, and early in 1952 the authorities requested an expert opinion on the matter from the Swedish Medical Society. This body consulted its sections of neurology and psychiatry and recommended the immediate abolition of the present law on the subject. In a memorandum on it, attention was drawn to the work of Dr. C. H. Alström whose study of epilepsy in its clinical, social, and genetic aspects was published in 1950 as "Supplement 63" to Acta psychiatrica et neurologica. It is pointed out in the memorandum that, when epilepsy is complicated by dementia or some other serious mental disease, these complications are enough in themselves to warrant the invocation of the present law. Recent research into the relationship of epilepsy to

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