Skip to main content

Epilepsy and Crime

  • John Baker (a1)

In studying epilepsy we see and study symptoms only. The pathology of the disease is very obscure, and it is mainly from its clinical features that we are able to assume the presence of detrimental changes in the more highly specialised tissues of the cerebrum. These changes may be primary or developmental as in the idiopathic type; or they may be accidental, and due to toxic agencies or traumatic injury; or they may be senile, as seen in rare cases (not accidental) occurring in late adult life or old age. Whatever the origin, a condition of nervous instability is set up, which may vary in every possible degree, from simple molecular disarrangement, giving rise to perverted functional action for a brief period of time only, to more lasting effects which conduce to morbid energising of a permanent nature.

Hide All
Clouston, , Mental Diseases. Tuke's, Dictionary of Psychological Medicine. Savage on Epilepsy. Clark, Campbell, Mental Diseases. State Hospitals Bulletin , Van Gieson, and Sidis, . Spratling, , Hrdlicka, . Furness, and Kennon, . Journal of Mental Science.
Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

The British Journal of Psychiatry
  • ISSN: -
  • EISSN: 2514-9946
  • URL: /core/journals/the-british-journal-of-psychiatry
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *


Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 0
Total number of PDF views: 4 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 87 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between 19th February 2018 - 20th June 2018. This data will be updated every 24 hours.

Epilepsy and Crime

  • John Baker (a1)
Submit a response


No eLetters have been published for this article.


Reply to: Submit a response

Your details

Conflicting interests

Do you have any conflicting interests? *