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April 29, 1905

Recherches Cliniques et Therapeutiques sur L'Epilepsie L'Hysterie. et L'Idiote. Compte-Rendu Service des Enfants Idiots. Epilleptiques et Arriérés de Bicétre Pendant L'Année, 1903.

JAMA. 1905;XLIV(17):1384-1385. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500440060020

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In the entire literature of neuropathology there is nothing more remarkable than the series of volumes issued by Bourneville, written by him and his pupils or assistants. The first number appeared about 1881, and the present volume of 530 pages is the twenty-fourth—an average of one volume per year. The set constitutes almost a cyclopedia on idiocy, imbecility and epilepsy, and although they are modestly called clinical and therapeutic studies, medical literature contains no better example of the clinico-pathologic method. Nowhere is to be found such a wealth of clinical detail with autopsy findings relating to defective and epileptic children. The industry, patience and scientific acumen displayed in this collection of papers are something to conjure with. That this mine has been worked so little by students and writers is simply a literary marvel. In quite a different branch of the subject have the labors of Bourneville and his associates

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