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March 19, 1887


JAMA. 1887;VIII(12):321-322. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391370013003

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At a recent meeting of the New York Academy of Medicine Professor Wm. H. Thomson, of the University Medical School, read a paper on the "Pathology and Treatment of Epilepsy," based on notes of sixty consecutive cases in practice, in which he advanced some rather unusual views, among which was the opinion that all convulsive seizures of an epileptiform character, whether due to a temporary peripheral irritation or not, as convulsions from dentition, for example, really belong to true epilepsy.

Dr. Thomson regards suddenness as the invariable and essential element in epilepsy; it is the single truly sudden disease, the only affections resembling it in this particular being laryngismus stridulus and spasmodic asthma, though in these the suddenness is found not to be absolute as in epilepsy. Apoplexy, hemiplegia, sunstroke, etc., being accidents, cannot be strictly compared with epilepsy: nor are hysterical and neuralgic attacks so sudden as those of

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