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July 11, 1959

Lectures on Epilepsy

JAMA. 1959;170(11):1361. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010110109029

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The first contribution in this book is by D. David and M. B. Dell of Paris. Their subject is the surgical treatment of temporal lobe epilepsy. They question the value of corticography and the excision of a specific cortical lesion, which helps only 33% of patients. They prefer stereotaxic destruction of rhinencephalic structures as the treatment for patients with temporal lobe epilepsy. The other three papers are concerned with psychic, mental, or personality disorders of epileptics. H. Vislie and G. F. Henriksen of Oslo use 26 tables in presenting a statistical study of 162 patients. They correlated the mental status with the IQ, the electroencephalogram, and other evidences of a brain lesion, and they found no evidence that dementia resulted from brain lesions that were secondary to convulsions. Psychic symptoms depended more on the extent than on the site of a lesion.

H. Landolt of Zurich made serial EEG's before,

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