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May 21, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXX(21):1238-1239. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02440730044006

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The "aura" of epilepsy is so notable a symptom that it is a little remarkable that it has not been more often the special subject of medical writing. It sometimes practically replaces the attack; or perhaps one ought rather to say, the aborted attack does not progress farther than the aura. It is a transitory condition of sensation or sometimes of feeling or intellection or even of motor disturbance that often varies only slightly from the more continued pre-epileptic states in point of duration, and this alone ought to suffice to suggest a greater importance than is commonly attributed to it, on other grounds than merely as an indication of the cortical initial excitation or the peripheral irritation that gives rise to the attack. In some cases it may be itself so annoying and prominent that, when as occasionally happens, the motor symptoms are aborted it is considered as a

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