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August 6, 1898

A CONSIDERATION OF FOUR CASES OF EPILEPSY WITH REFERENCE TO CAUSE.

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RICHMOND, IND.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(6):263-265. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450060001001

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Abstract

It sometimes happens that a consideration of much worn subjects is profitable, and I therefore ask your indulgence for a few minutes to a subject, which is as old as any, in medicine, and which has profited as little as any, by the experience of past centuries. Undoubtedly the cause of this tardy progress is due in large measure to the multiplicity of irritations, which directly or indirectly produce the cortical explosions. Barring traumatic causes of direct influence, the study of peripheral sources of irritation is most interesting and fraught with the most lasting results. It is to this side of the study that the cases, selected out of a large general practice, are intended to be added.

[unk]Case 1 is that of a little boy nine months old, who had his first epileptic seizures when but three months of age. The parents of this child are free from

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