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October 28, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(18):1109. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450700053016

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For many years the relationship of the three nervous disorders, infantile eclampsia, night terrors and epilepsy, has been considered more or less direct. Within the past two years, much evidence to the contrary has been given. The probable truth of the matter will at last be found in the middle ground that they are not closely related, but they may exist in different combinations; their relationship will then rest on the fact that the first two are indices of a neurotic predisposition which, under unfavorable circumstances, may persist in later life, as the neurosis of epilepsy. The frequency with which infantile convulsions are met is out of all proportion to the epileptic population, although the frequency of the former is commonly exaggerated. Generally the occurrence of infantile eclampsia in several members of the same family is a fair index of its clinical value in any given case as a neurotic

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