Harold Stevens, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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Eleven cases of transient global amnesia were studied with follow-up periods varying from 2 months to 18 years. In addition to neurological examination, EEG's were done on all; three patients showed abnormal results. The semeiology was found to be stereotyped, diagnosis easy. Although considered rare, many instances are probably mislabeled hysterical fugue states.
Transient global amnesia is a readily recognizable entity, characterized by sudden spontaneous onset of amnesia, with preservation of consciousness and self-identity. The patient is keenly aware of his defect, struggles to regain his memory and reconstruct the mnemic points of reference. Remote memory is preserved, neurological examination
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Stevens H. Transient Global Amnesia.. Ann Intern Med. 1973;78:830. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-78-5-830_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;78(5):830.
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