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June 1967

Long-Term Follow-Up of Patients With Petit Mal

Author Affiliations

New York
From the Department of Neurology, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, and the Neurological Institute, Presbyterian Hospital, New York.

Arch Neurol. 1967;16(6):595-598. doi:10.1001/archneur.1967.00470240033003

THE PRESENT paper is based on a longterm study of 275 patients with petit mal. In this study an attempt was made to assess the incidence and character of other forms of epilepsy as they occur in patients with petit mal, to report the results of psychometric testing, and to obtain a critical insight into the problems of drug therapy and social prognosis for these patients. In addition, the genetic and other etiologic implications of the material will be discussed. Previous authors have covered some of these questions on the basis of smaller series.1-5 Their conclusions will be discussed in due course, as will also some common, but less well-documented, beliefs about petit mal.

Report of Cases  The patients were drawn predominantly from the Seizure Clinic at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. The median duration of clinic attendance was eight years. More importantly, the ages to which patients were

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