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May 13, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXII(19):1067-1068. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450460051024

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One of the greatest sources from which we derive physiologic knowlelge of the cerebral cortex is from the varied convulsive phenomena of epilepsy. The symptoms that give us the strongest aid toward defining cerebral function are the aura and the order of muscular invasion of an epileptic fit. An illustration of the great interest to be derived from the study of such matters is well displayed in the case of epilepsy reported in the winter number of Brain, by Jackson and Colman, in which there was a fairly constant tasting movement and " dreamy state" in the epileptic fits, which at times constituted the entire attack. At autopsy a very small patch of softening in the left uncinate gyrus was found. Champing movements of the jaws, and an appearance of tasting are seen in mild epileptic fits, and in fact may constitute the entire attack of epilepsy in rare instances. But

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