By Hans Zellweger. Part I in Helvetica Paediatrica Acta supplement V, volume 3, 1948. Price, 18 Swiss francs. Pp. 195, with 28 illustrations. Benne Schwabe & Co., Klosterberg 27, Basel, Switzerland, 1948.
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This is a complete and thorough review of the subject well sprinkled with case reports. The author presents the various theories of the causation of convulsions. He emphasizes that a convulsion is only a symptom. He presents the vasomotor and the water-retention theories and the significance of hypoglycemia and of the acid-base balance.
Chapter 1 reviews the respiratory affect convulsion, and there is an excellent discussion on heredity and the importance of the inherited constitutional type.
Chapter 2 deals with convulsions due to fever or infection. These are well described and explained. There is a thorough discussion of the blood, urine and spinal fluid changes. The influence of heredity is again emphasized in these fever convulsions.
Chapter 3 discusses so-called salaam or nodding spasms and their relationship to convulsions.
The serious criticism which must be made of this book is the absence of electroencephalographic studies. It is not possible to
Krämpfe im Kindersalter. AMA Am J Dis Child. 1951;81(5):749–750. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1951.02040030762022
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