F. P., aged 17, was admitted May 17th, 1875, with the following history:—Parents healthy, temperate, not connected by consanguinity. His maternal grandfather and a cousin on the mother's side are paralyzed. He is the eldest of six children, of whom two are dead, one succumbing from scarlet fever, the other soon after birth. The rest are healthy. His mental condition is said to have been good up to the age of ten years, when, during a fight with a boy, he was struck with a key in the face. Disease of the jaw followed, and on recovery he was noticed not to be so bright, having been a good scholar before. Twelve months afterwards he was knocked down and became insensible, and some months after he fell and struck the back of his head. He has been getting gradually duller. Four years ago he had an epileptic fit, affecting both sides of the body. He was taken to the Hospital for Epilepsy and Paralysis, and, while there, had two fits. He became excitable and tried to stab a patient, and his removal became necessary. After he was taken out of the hospital he became quiet for a time, but the excitability reappeared. He was taken to the Hampstead Asylum, and subsequently removed to the one at Clapton.
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