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March 28, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVI(13):631-632. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430650033006

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Surgical operative interference for the relief of epilepsy is probablo less popular at the present time than it was a few years ago. The utterances of high authorities like Agnew and others condemning or rather discouraging the practice, and the well-merited criticisms of many of the reported successes have markedly diminished the enthusiasm that existed with the dawn of modern cerebral surgery, in regard to the operative treatment of this ailment. It would, however, be altogether incorrect to say that the operation of trephining for epilepsy is a thing of the past, for reports are still frequent in medical literature. An article by Dr. E. G. Mason in the Medical News of March 21 is in evidence of this. The writer takes the view that trephining for epilepsy is a "rational procedure and has come to stay," limiting, however, the operation to well-selected, favorable cases, presumably those in which the

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