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October 1983

Personality Analysis of Epileptics

Author Affiliations

Department of Pathology Box 626 University of Rochester Medical Center 601 Elmwood Ave Rochester, NY 14642

Arch Neurol. 1983;40(10):658. doi:10.1001/archneur.1983.04050090094020

To the Editor.  —In a 1977 issue of the Archives, Bear and Fedio reported a quantitative analysis of personality characteristics of temporal lobe epileptics (Archives 1977;34:454-467). The authors had administered a new behavior questionnaire to 27 patients with temporal-lobe epilepsy and 21 control subjects. They described significant differences in the personality characteristics between the controls and epileptics and between subjects with supposed right- v left-hemisphere seizure foci. Since its publication, this article by Bear and Fedio has been cited 100 times in the medical literature (up to October 1982, according to the Science Citation Index), particularly in support of arguments of personality disturbance in epilepsy and of hemispheric asymmetry of emotion.Recently, Bear and Fedio provided me with their behavior questionnaire to use in a study of the personality characteristics of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS).1 Control groups for our study of 27 patients with MS consisted of 26

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