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October 1924


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From Children's Medical Department, Massachusetts General Hospital.

Am J Dis Child. 1924;28(4):419-420. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1924.04120220015003

Studies on the blood and urine chemistry, the basal metabolism and the effect of symptomatic measures on children with idiopathic epilepsy have been made in this clinic during the last four years.

In view of the fact that varying reports have appeared in the literature from time to time on the use of thyroid in epilepsy, studies of the basal metabolism of eleven epileptic children were made. These patients were all of normal physical development and had not undergone treatment with thyroid extract. In the majority of instances they were of normal weight and height for age, and with the exception of Case 3, which patient was taller than the average and about 25 per cent, underweight, and Case 11, which patient was slightly underweight, while Cases 5 and 6 were more than 10 per cent. above the average weight for age.

The results of the determinations of the basal