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June 1955

Epileptic Cramp Attack as a Psychosomatic Reaction (A Psychobiological Study).

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1955;89(6):769. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1955.02050110909022

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The author presents the epileptic cramp attack as a psychosomatic manifestation through psychobiological analysis of 22 patients suffering from these attacks. His conclusions are that these attacks, with their rhythmic and extreme motor activity, must be understood as a psychosomatic reaction and as one total and maximal animal or physical self assertion.

The author presents these in a very readable form and has presented a bibliography of reviewed literature. However, there is a paucity of both neurological aspects, including electroencephalography and cortical localization, as well as psychiatric considerations which might contribute to a better understanding of this problem.

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