The Allergic Factor in Idiopathic Epilepsy

Dewar, Douglas C (1940) The Allergic Factor in Idiopathic Epilepsy. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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1. The nature of allergy and its possible connection with epilepsy is discussed and a review presented of the literature on the subject. 2. Critical observations have been made on the technique of skin testing and a search instituted for the ideal method as applied to the present work. 3. Investigations have been conducted into the personal and family histories of seventy-two individuals in a search for allergic manifestations. 4. The case records of fourteen epileptics are presented in some detail, each of the series being skin tested, dermally and intradermally, and results tabulated. 5. The treatment of allergy is critically reviewed and a method adopted combining specific elimination and specific desensitization, while the Eosinophilic index is suggested as a means of guiding dosage. 6. Six epileptics have been given a course of specific intramuscular injections controlled by eosinophilic readings, and a second six given a similar course but uncontrolled by such observations. 7. Two further series of skin tests have been carried out, one immediately following treatment and the other three months later. 8. Finally, results are assessed and conclusions inferred.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Medicine, Immunology
Date of Award: 1940
Depositing User: Enlighten Team
Unique ID: glathesis:1940-79498
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2020 09:02
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2020 09:02

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