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July 1924

THE KETOGENIC DIET IN THE TREATMENT OF EPILEPSYA PRELIMINARY REPORT

Am J Dis Child. 1924;28(1):28-33. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1924.04120190031004
Abstract

A brief review of the last eighty-six cases of epilepsy seen in the Section on Pediatrics is presented for the purpose of comparing the results of various forms of treatment, and to present a new dietary regimen, the ketogenic diet.

Forty-six of the patients were males, and forty were females. The youngest patient was 1 year of age, the oldest 15 (the arbitrary age limit for patients in the Section on Pediatrics). The average age of the patients was eight and fifty-one hundredths years. The average duration of symptoms, as noted by the parents, was three and three-tenths years.

Thirty patients had had previous treatment; in twenty-three of these the results of the treatment were fair, that is, there was a decrease in the number and in the severity of the attacks. The condition of twenty-two of the patients was diagnosed petit mal; of forty-one, grand mal, and of twenty-three,

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