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CESSATION OF LOCALIZED EPILEPTIC CONVULSIONS IN INOPERABLE CASES AFTER PUNCTURE OF THE LATERAL VENTRICLES

Alfred Gordon, M.D.
JAMA. 1930;94(20):1572-1573. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.27120460003010c.
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In a previous communication,1 reference was made to persistent epileptic convulsions in a case of hydrocephalus which disappeared after the withdrawal of small amounts of cerebrospinal fluid from the lateral ventricles. In the present contribution, another instance is described in which the same procedure was followed by excellent results during four whole years after the last attack. The object of placing it on record is to emphasize again the already expressed opinion that, while the reception of stimuli and the discharge of muscular spasms in epilepsy are the province of the motor cells in the cortex, nevertheless the original sources of stimulation present a large field of localizations in the brain between its anterior and posterior poles and the site of the lesion may not necessarily be in the motor area itself. The case reported here has its especial value from this particular point of view; also on therapeutic

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