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October 1957

Epilepsy: Grand Mal, Petit Mal, Convulsions.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1957;100(4):684. doi:10.1001/archinte.1957.00260100168021

Popular misunderstanding about epilepsy is so general that a book which details certain facts clearly and succinctly serves a useful purpose. Dr. Fairfield has met this need. The first third of her small book deals with diagnosis and treatment, and the remainder is concerned with the subjects of schooling, employment, colonies for the epileptic, and various laws as these relate to patients. In Great Britain, socialized medicine provides some aids to social treatment, such as the Medical Officer of Health, the Disablement Resettlement Officer, and the Youth Employment Service. Although companies are required to employ a certain number of handicapped persons, they can and do discriminate against the epileptic.

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