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May 26, 1956

CURRENT STATUS OF THE DRUG THERAPY OF EPILEPTIC SEIZURES

JAMA. 1956;161(4):333-338. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.62970040010009

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Abstract

Considerable progress has been made in the past two decades in both diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy. The techniques of electroencephalography, pneumoencephalography, and angiography have made it possible to verify specific seizure types and to uncover pathological processes previously not diagnosed except at operation or autopsy. The development of more efficient drugs now makes it possible to control or greatly reduce the frequency of seizures in more than 75% of the patients and thus allow them to lead a normal life. Previously held notions as to intelligence and personality characteristics of patients with seizures have been discarded, and many of the restrictions, both social and economic, have been shown to be unjustifiable. Nevertheless, many erroneous impressions are prevalent among the laity and medical profession concerning "epileptics," and they are still not fully accepted by society. Though this report concerns itself with the technique of drug therapy, it is important that

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