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July 15, 1974

Epilepsy: Its Phenomena in Man

Author Affiliations

Temple University School of Medicine Philadelphia

JAMA. 1974;229(3):339-340. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230410063037

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The contemporary symposium has become the spawning ground of many books in the biological and social sciences. Symposiogenesis usually entails a short breeding period, and it presents scientific hemlines in the passing fashion. Symposiogenetic offspring usually are snuffed out in a short period of time—frequently only after begetting another symposium— ad infinitum. Symposiasts on the other hand, are a more durable kindred....

Epilepsy: Its Phenomena in Man is a half-breed in this category of books. In 1972, the Brain Research Institute of the University of California held a reunion of its alumni, and six of the papers presented at that time are included in this volume. Ten other papers were invited from well-known workers in the field of epilepsy in this country and abroad. Dr. Mary Brazier, the editor of this book, contributes a historical introduction to "the role of electricity in the exploration and elucidation of the epileptic seizure,"