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April 9, 1910


JAMA. 1910;LIV(15):1205. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.92550410001001l

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Aura preceding an epileptic discharge may be motor, sensory, psychic, or psychomotor. Among the various well-known psychic "warnings" of an oncoming seizure the one here described presents such rare features that its placing on record is warranted.

A boy of 12, suffering from essential epilepsy since the age of two and being affected at irregular intervals with attacks of grand mal and petit mal, began to develop an unusual aura preceding the major seizures. Two days before a fit occurs he becomes exceedingly restless, although he is habitually morose, quiet and of a pessimistic disposition. The restlessness is followed by a desire to embrace and kiss any one who enters the house.

He spends his time in ceaselessly throwing his arms around the neck of every person in the house, be it relative, stranger, or servant in the kitchen. The embrace is accompanied by rough kissing in which he

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