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Torda, C. (1977). On Idiopathic Epilepsy. J. Amer. Acad. Psychoanal., 5(1):107-124.
  

(1977). Journal of American Academy of Psychoanalysis, 5(1):107-124

On Idiopathic Epilepsy

Clara Torda

The etiology of idiopathic epilepsy eludes identification. The epileptic attack is a recurrent transitory paroxysmal cerebral dysrhythmia that concurs with changes of consciousness, and often also with motor and sensory phenomena. Either organic or functional factors cause an unusual connectivity between special sets of intracerebral neurons. Clinically, this manifests itself as abnormal tendency for recurrent volleys of synchronous electrical discharges in the electroencephalogram (Fig. 1). Comparable electrical

Fig. 1. Visual evoked potentials obtained in epilepsy during photic stimulation. (a) Attack-free period and (b) during epileptic episode.

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