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May 1964

Convulsive Disorders in Children.

Arch Intern Med. 1964;113(5):793-794. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.00280110173053

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This well-written, easy to read, and very interesting book is full of up-to-date information about epilepsy, especially as it appears in children. It should be read not only by pediatricians, but by general practitioners, internists, and psychiatrists. So often, when an internist sees an adult patient with a puzzling type of neurosis or possibly mild psychosis, if only he could talk to the mother, he would learn of odd "spells" that occurred in the person's youth.

Then, if the physician only knew more about the vague and puzzling variants of epilepsy, such as children have, he might realize that his patient's troubles—from birth onward—were almost certainly epileptic in nature. He would then take a good family history, and if this brought out a story of relatives who had definite epilepsy, or vague forms or equivalents of epilepsy, he would feel still more certain that his hunch was correct. Then, if

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