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EPILEPSY, med. jur. A disease of the brain, which occurs in paroxysms, with uncertain intervals between them.
     2. These paroxysms are characterized by the loss of sensation, and convulsive motions of the muscles. When long continued and violent, this disease is very apt to end in dementia. (q.v.) It gradually destroys the memory, and impairs the intellect, and is one of the causes of an unsound mind. 8 Ves. 87. Vide Dig. 50, 16, 123; Id. 21, 1, 4, 5.

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or " Then, in 1989, her colleagues noticed Catriona was experiencing petit mal episodes, sometimes known as staring spells.
Acetazolamide for Injection USP is indicated for adjunctive treatment of edema due to congestive heart failure; drug-induced edema; centrencephalic epilepsies (petit mal, unlocalized seizures); and chronic simple glaucoma, secondary glaucoma, and preoperatively in acute angle-closure glaucoma, stated the company.
I have had Petit Mal and Grand Mal epilepsy since I was 11.
The findings suggest that embelin possess anticonvulsant activity against both grand mal and petit mal epilepsy.
Absence seizures (formerly called petit mal seizures) are a common type of generalized seizure that typically starts in childhood and typically stops when the child reaches puberty.
AI presume you mean he is having petit mal seizures; the English name for them is absence seizures - one of the most common types of epilepsy to affect children.
With issue one of their fashion zine Petit Mal, art directors Shane Sakkeus and Jonathan Zawada conjured up a fashionable parallel universe called Pradastan, using backstage imagery to pit Miuccia's turban-topped madames against Galliano's golden girls in a zombietastic spring '07 showdown.
"I didn't fall to the ground and shake, I had what used to be called petit mal seizures, they're now called simple partial seizures, just part of the brain is affected, while with grand mal the whole brain is affected.
Physicians who suspect a child is experiencing absence seizures formerly known as petit mal epilepsy--should first rule out other conditions, said Dr.
I had a really good doctor back in 1993, and I was diagnosed with petit mal seizure disorder and left temporal lobe swelling, which I knew a lot of artists had had.
Like many young children with parents in prison, I suffered from a range of developmental and behavioral problems, including petit mal, a childhood form of epilepsy, and abnormal difficulty learning to read.