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February 1933

L'epilepsie chez l'enfant et le caractère épileptoïde.

Am J Dis Child. 1933;45(2):455. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1933.01950150228018

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After long experience observing and studying epileptic children, the author describes in detail his conception of the constitution and attributes of these patients. He states that it is possible to diagnose the condition by the child's conduct and character even before the occurrence of convulsions, loss of consciousness or vertigo. Epileptoid tendencies are suggested by the occurrence of psychic retardation, obnubilation, impulsiveness, uncontrollable anger, cruelty, lapses in writing, antisocial reactions, obstinacy and disturbances in sleep. The occurrence of these traits and actions is illustrated by numerous case histories in which the behavior of the children is fully described. Among the hereditary factors considered to be of importance are alcoholism, syphilis and psychopathic disorders. One chapter is devoted to a discussion of the various methods of treatment employed in epilepsy. This book represents a careful and extensive clinical analysis of the intellectual and psychic manifestations of epileptic children, and by picturing

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