In consideration of the immense amount of literature on the subject of epilepsy it is somewhat surprising that practically nothing has been written in regard to the condition of the spinal cord in this disease and that there are practically no observations on this subject. This may be accounted for in part by the fact that the source of the striking motor and mental symptoms has almost from the first been recognized as due to the brain, or at least of intracranial origin, and in part also because so long as no anatomic or pathologic change in the cerebrum or medulla could be demonstrated, it seemed useless to examine a portion of the body less affected and where the lesions, if such existed, were likely to be even more obscure. A third cause is that in this country, at least, it is only of late years that the spinal cords
BULLARD WN. AFFECTIONS OF THE SPINAL COED IN EPILEPTICS. JAMA. 1906;XLVII(21):1717–1719. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.25210210025001f
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