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August 1970

Proceedings of the 11th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Automotive Medicine.

Arch Neurol. 1970;23(2):188. doi:10.1001/archneur.1970.00480260094014

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This symposium of the American Association for Automotive Medicine is chiefly concerned with the causes of serious accidents, with alcohol cast as the unequivocal villain. In addition, there are contributions on methods of prevention (such as improved seat belts) and on the medical problems involved (such as the limbo of whiplash injuries).

Neurologists may scan the index for their own chief concern, the licensing of epileptic patients. They will be disappointed: the references are tangential and not always satisfactory. We read, for example, "Epileptics..., even though they have been seizure free for a long period of time and under care and medication, are too great a risk to allow them to drive." This formulation sins at both ends of the neurological spectrum. On the one hand, it ignores the incentive which most state laws now give epileptics to adhere to their prescribed medication, and to be followed regularly by a

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