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September 28, 1901

Epilepsy and Other Chronic Convulsive Diseases; Their Causes, Symptoms and Treatment.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(13):848. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470390050021

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The early edition of Gowers' work on epilepsy was a standard work and the present one will take its place, in all respects. The statistical basis for the more general facts of the discase have been greatly enlarged and a large amount of work has been done in revision and addition to the text. The author's well-known standing as a neurologist gives weight to whatever he may say. Nevertheless, one or two minor points may be mentioned; he repeats the time-honored statement that unconsciousness is an invariable attendant on major attacks, though there is considerable evidence extant that it may not be invariable, and he is guilty of a little inconsistency when he says later that little is known of the sensations that attend severe convulsions since the patient is almost always unconscious. Dr. Gowers considers that the spontaneous cure or cessation of attacks does sometimes occur and is probably

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