The epileptology of Theodore Herpin (1799-1865)

Eadie, Mervyn J. (2002) The epileptology of Theodore Herpin (1799-1865). Epilepsia, 43 10: 1256-1261. doi:10.1046/j.1528-1157.2002.04602.x

Author Eadie, Mervyn J.
Title The epileptology of Theodore Herpin (1799-1865)
Journal name Epilepsia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0013-9580
Publication date 2002-10-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1046/j.1528-1157.2002.04602.x
Volume 43
Issue 10
Start page 1256
End page 1261
Total pages 6
Editor R. S. Fisher
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Subject C1
320799 Neurosciences not elsewhere classified
730104 Nervous system and disorders
Abstract The Frenchman, Theodore Herpin (1799-1865), in Des Acces Incomplets d'Epilepsie, published posthumously in 1867, provided a very detailed account of a wide range of the possible manifestations of nonconvulsive epileptic seizures. However, he did not note the presence of absence seizures in any of his 300 patients who had experienced, at least in some of their attacks, what he considered were incomplete manifestations of epilepsy, the word epilepsy being taken to refer to full generalized tonic-clonic seizures. In the one patient, Herpin recognized that all epileptic seizures, whether complete or incomplete, began in the same way, and deduced that they must originate in the same place in that patient's brain. He did not develop the latter idea further. His observations, and his interpretation of them, seem to have preceded John Hughlings Jackson's independent development of similar concepts, but Jackson's more extensive intellectual exploration of the implications of his observations made him a more important figure than Herpin in the history of epileptology.
Keyword Clinical Neurology
Epileptic Seizures
Q-Index Code C1

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