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June 11, 1973

Epileptic Seizures: Clinical and Electrographic Features, Diagnosis and Treatment

JAMA. 1973;224(11):1535. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03220250057035

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In 1969, after a lifetime of study of the epilepsies. Dr. Henri Gastaut's clinical work was interrupted by his appointment as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of Marseille, France. He had been eminently successful in persuading the International League Against Epilepsy and the World Health Organization to create international classifications, first of epileptic seizures and then of the epilepsies, based on his 18,000 clinical cases whose diagnoses were confirmed by 100,000 electroencephalographic tracings. The task, therefore, to bring forth a definitive textbook on epilepsy was assigned to Dr. Roger Broughton, based on Dr. Gastaut's clinical material.

This book is both a general review and a personal document reflecting the interests and belief of the authors, and represents the widespread influence of the "Marseille School" of the study and documentation of the epilepsies.

They like to study their epileptic patients not only with the EEG but with polygraphic techniques measuring