Excerpt from A First Study of Inheritance in Epilepsy, Vol. 38 Epilepsy is employed in this paper in a wide sense to include t only cases of well-marked convulsions, but also cases in which there has been only momentary loss of consciousness. Other, physically less marked cases of epilepsy and various epileptiform and border-line cases have undoubtedly been frequently overlooked in the necessarily somewhat hurried investigations into the pedigrees of patients. Given epilepsy as thus defined our problem is: what laws, if any, are followed in its occurrence in successive generations? How often does it arise de vo in a strain showing elsewhere mental weakness? What relation does it bear to alcoholism, to paralysis, to migraine and to other symptoms of lack of neural strength? The answer to these questions can be reached only by a study of the pedigrees of families containing epileptics in which the psychic history of numerous members is precisely kwn. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.