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January 5, 1895


JAMA. 1895;XXIV(1):26. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430010044004

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The treatment of epilepsy has always been surrounded with many difficulties. The disease itself is symptomatic, presenting a most varied pathology, from that of a functional neurosis to those graver conditions involving organic degeneration. Such being the case it is apparent that any method of treatment must have only a limited range of application. Undoubtedly, the greatest successes are reached in this disease along those lines which improve the general nutrition of the body and thus render more stable the nerve cells concerned in the production of the attacks. There is no disease which more certainly affirms that we should beware of the single remedy, or of one method. While the bromid treatment is perhaps more generally successful than any other, yet it can not be followed as a routine practice and it is not adapted to more than one-half of the cases that are actually met with in practice.

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