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August 1968

Febrile Convulsions.

Arch Neurol. 1968;19(2):238-239. doi:10.1001/archneur.1968.00480020124019

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When seeing a book with the title Febrile Convulsions, the thought immediately arises why a whole book should be devoted to this limited entity, if such an entity actually exists. Dr. Millichap justifies the existence of this book with the facts that febrile convulsions are the most common neurologic disorder of infancy and childhood and that his personal experience and investigations are valuable. These two statements stand on their merit and cannot be challenged. The first and important question arises on page 2 of the first chapter with the definition: "A seizure preceded by a significant degree of fever was the only criterion for the diagnosis of a febrile convulsion...." This problem of definition is discussed in detail and various points of view and classifications by other authors are discussed, but the reviewer is not fully convinced that there is a separate and clearly definable entity to be called febrile

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