WILLIAM A. SMITH, M.D.
Epilepsy is a symptom-complex consisting of sudden periodic loss of consciousness, convulsive movements or both. Of the same nature are certain other phenomena referred to as epileptic equivelants, such as migraine, certain cases of periodic vertigo, periodic voracity, dipsomania and other periodic mental disorders. Epilepsy is thus a periodic reaction of the nervous system, in which various motor, sensory, visceral and psychic syndromes may occur. Levy and Patrick (1) have recently described a number of so-called pre-epileptic phenomena, which may antedate the major seizure for many years; these consist of minor, but sudden and periodic symptoms, such as pallor of
SMITH WA. The Ketogenic Diet in the Treatment of Epilepsy. Ann Intern Med. 1929;2:1300–1308. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-2-12-1300
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1929;2(12):1300-1308.
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