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Genetics of Epilepsy: A Review.

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By Newmark Micharel E., Penry J. Kiffin. . 132 pages. Raven Press; , New York: , 1980.. Price, $15.00.

Ann Intern Med. 1980;93(1_Part_1):162-163. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-93-1-162_4
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Advocates of eugenics used to consider it proper to sterilize epileptics in order to prevent genetic transmission of the "taint." However, the evidence supporting a genetic basis for epilepsy is flimsy. This evidence is reviewed by Newmark and Penry in a book that can be read in a single sitting. Results of the various studies of genetic aspects of epilepsy are shown in tables that present some idea of the percent affected by seizures among relatives of epileptics. Concordance rates of epilepsy in twins are also summarized in a table. Despite the liberal use of tables, the text still contains


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