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November 1948

ELECTROENCEPHALOGRAPHY OF THE NEWBORN: I. Studies on Normal, Full Term, Sleeping Infants

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Pediatrics, University of Tennessee College of Medicine.

Am J Dis Child. 1948;76(5):503-512. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1948.02030030516003

WHEN Hans Berger first published in 1929 recordings of the electrical activity of the human brain, a new field of physiologic and clinical research was discovered. In the development and exploitation of the technic of electroencephalography, the great bulk of the investigative work has dealt with the use of the electroencephalogram in the diagnosis of convulsive disorders, the employment of the technic in the localization of cerebral lesions and studies for the establishment of normal patterns in various age groups. While Smith contributed a significant study of electroencephalographic patterns in the early neonatal period,1 and he and Lindsley2 studied normal tracings in infants past 2 months of age, little definitive work in a large series of infants in the first days of life has been done.

In the department of pediatrics of the University of Tennessee, 167 electroencephalographic tracings were obtained on 113 full term, apparently normal infants,