Erskine, William J.A.
In writing on the subject of Epilepsy and its Insanity, I am'Constantly reminded of the difficulty of the subject. In studying this form of insanity one frequently meets with something which seems incompatible with one's previous ideas or observations. This has a tendency to dter one at the outset. However, knowing as I do, that the smallest observations of one man, insignificant as they may seem to him, may yet be of great value to another whose powers of I deduction may be greater, I do not hesitate to commit to paper some observations of my own concerning this fell disease. Here in this large asylum where I come into daily contact with some 200 insane epileptics, I have opportunities not afforded to many. Opportunities which I hope I have made good use of.In the first place, I may state that I will try to make my paper as simple as possible without the aid of any unnecessary padding.I shall start by giving a rough classification of some forms of this epileptic insanity I have met j with here. I do not intend this to be an arbitrary ! classification, but to serve as a guide. One is too apt, now-a-days, to slump all the insane epileptics under the the term "dement". How much this may mean or how little! What a large field of imaginative is left to the hearer! "Oh he's only an epileptic dement", we hear one say, as if that was the beginning and the end of his case. Here then is my classification.