• The problem most frequently confronting the neurosurgeon in connection with the licensing of automobile drivers is that of the epileptic. Perhaps 5% of the driving public is subject to convulsive disorders. Some persons so afflicted can drive safely; others cannot. Inadequate laws result in injustices to both groups. A required physical examination for new drivers or periodic examination of licensed drivers could be an important factor in reducing the frequency of accidents on the highways. The physician who knows that a given patient is subject to a convulsive disorder faces a moral dilemma.
Mayfield FH. SURGICAL ASPECTS OF DRIVER LICENSURE. JAMA. 1957;163(4):245–246. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970390021009
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