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April 1992

Landau-Kleffner Syndrome: An Eponymic Badge of Ignorance

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St Louis, Mo

Arch Neurol. 1992;49(4):353. doi:10.1001/archneur.1992.00530280033018

The six new cases and review of the literature concerning "acquired aphasia with convulsive disorder" by Paquier et al1 constitute a useful benchmark in the 3.5-decade history of this clinical phenomenon.2,3 From the personal perspective of attaining three score and seven and the condition of Status Eponymicus, I can find no basis for ego gratification. The new observation of continuing paroxysmal electroencephalographic activity during sleep in some patients complies with our early suggestion2 that "persistent convulsive discharge in brain tissue largely concerned with linguistic

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