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Language-Induced Epilepsy

  • Norman Geschwind
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 16)

Abstract

This case, the first report of a patient with epilepsy induced by his own speech illustrates that in neurology, and in particular in the study of the higher functions, clinical observation is still an important tool. Nature carries out experiments in man that cannot be duplicated in animals and, even when we have no understanding of them, it is vital that they be recorded so that future investigators can study them. The syndrome of language-induced epilepsy remains a complete mystery, which is not explained by our current knowledge of the organization of language in the brain. It thus seems likely that it contains some clues as to some aspects of the neural organization of language of which we are as yet unaware.

Keywords

Anticonvulsant Medication Clinical Seizure Effective Stimulus Unconditioned Stimulation Myoclonic Movement 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • Norman Geschwind
    • 1
  1. 1.Harvard Medical SchoolUSA

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