Medicine: Capsules, Jun. 28, 1954

¶After a study of 789 epileptic and non-epileptic children, two Baltimore neurologists, Abraham Lilienfeld and Benjamin Pasamanick, found that most cases of epilepsy appear to stem primarily from brain damage incurred before, during or just after birth. The doctors' conclusion: rather than being victims of inherited disease, epileptics may be "reproductive casualties" (like stillborn infants and cerebral palsy victims) whose ailments could be forestalled partly through better care before and during birth. ¶ Dr. Milford Thewlis of the American Geriatrics Society warned his colleagues that treating the aged as if they were middle-aged often results in dangerous "overtreatment." Samples: too-vigorous...

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