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August 9, 1884


JAMA. 1884;III(6):141-152. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390550001001

Read in the Section on Practice of Medicine and Materia Medica of the American Medical Association, May, 1884.

Mr. Chairman:—When the eminent President of this Association, seconded by yourself, asked me to prepare some remarks for opening a discussion before the Section on Medicine, I felt that the desire was not so much that I should give a formal paper, as it was that I should bring before the body some subject of general interest, and one in which all could take part.

The subject of chronic convulsive affections, grouped under the name of epilepsy, is one of such large medical and social importance, that I felt that I could not do better than select it, large and vague as it is. In what I say, I shall simply bring before the Section the notes of a few cases from my case books, and make them the subject of brief