Women with Epilepsy: A Handbook of Health and Treatment by Martha J. Morrell, Kerry L. Flynn

By Martha J. Morrell, Kerry L. Flynn

This instruction manual assembles a group of specialists to study the targeted difficulties confronted via girls with epilepsy. Epilepsy remedies have an effect on fertility and will reason being pregnant issues and beginning defects, yet many of the to be had medications were established on males. additionally, hormone results on seizures are of specific obstacle to ladies at puberty, at menopause, and over the menstrual cycle. Many health-care prone will not be educated concerning the specific matters dealing with girls with epilepsy. This publication, released in organization with the Epilepsy origin of the US, fills that hole and offers ladies with epilepsy with the knowledge they should be potent self-advocates.

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With some success in this disorder, he extended the bromide therapy to ‘hysterical epilepsy’ when the epileptic attacks ‘only occurred during the catamenial period, except under otherwise strong exciting causes’ (Temkin, 1971, p. 298). Seizures were cured in 13 of 14 of these cases (Sieveking, 1861, p. 528). Reynolds, in his monograph on epilepsy 31 The woman with epilepsy: a historical perspective written 4 years after Locock’s report, did not share his successful responses. Wilks, who doubted Locock’s theory of bromides acting on ovarian irritation, reported his successful therapy of men and women with epilepsy in 1861.

Bouchet C, Cazauvieilh D. De l’epilepsie considere dans ses rapports avec l’alienation mentale. Arch Gen Med 1825; 9:510–42. D’Olier M. On the coexistence of hysteria and epilepsy, with distinct manifestations of two neuroses. Alienist Neurologist 1882; 3:178–93. Dostoyevsky F. The Brothers Karamzov. Transl. Magarshack D. Penguin, Hammondsworth, 1881. Duffy J. Masturbation and clitoridectomy: a nineteenth century view. JAMA 1963; 186:246–8. Echeverria MG. On Epilepsy: Anatomo-Pathological and Clinical Notes.

Similarly, concerning bromides, Sieveking wrote: ‘though I have not enjoyed the same amount of success I have found it decidedly beneficial. ’ William Alexander’s 1889 text, The Treatment of Epilepsy, provides some of the clearest descriptions of therapies directed specifically at women. He noted that masturbation was often a result – not a cause – of epilepsy in males. In a personal series of four castrations in males, he noted no improvement of epilepsy, although he reported other physicians who did find this procedure beneficial.

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