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February 9, 1889

INFANTILE CONVULSIONS.Read by invitation to the McDowell Medical Society; Annual Meeting at Henderson, Ky., November, 1888.

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JAMA. 1889;XII(6):195-198. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02400830015001c

The subject of infantile convulsions is not a trifling one, as one of the first stories I heard related after my entrance into the profession regarding Dne of the numerous "Doc. Sifers" of the early times would indicate. This traditional boaster announced that, if he could only turn any case he was called to into "fits" he was safe, as he was "h—1 on fits."

The majority of cases to which the young practitioner is called are emergencies, and a good percentage of these are the petted darlings of the household in the struggling spasm. It would be superfluous on my part to describe an attack of eclampsia, A simple seizure does not differ from epilepsy, except that the latter is characterized by its chronic course, and sudden recurrence and freedom from fever. It goes without saying that a convulsion is in itself not a disease, but a symptom of