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August 6, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(6):310. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450060048010

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Epilepsy has been studied more or less diligently for the past three thousand years. Notwithstanding this fact, we are surprised, in the review of the literature, to find how few good general rules there are for a basis of prognosis in this affection.

Since we have established colonies and special institutions for epileptics, we hope to see something done to aid the general practitioner in extricating himself from the predicament of making a prognosis in this disease.

As yet we have to learn of an institution for epileptics in which a department has been established for experimental psychology to be used for the end of a more definite study of epilepsy. When such a department shall be established in connection with these institutions, similar to those referred to by Dr. Frederick Peterson in his inaugural address before the New York Neurological Society, then we shall be able to measure the

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