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Boris Sidis, M. A., Ph.D.,
Mental Dissociation in Psychic Epilepsy
WILLIAM A. WHITE
IT occasionally happens in the course of an active medical practice that the physician meets with a case of great interest. When this occurs it becomes his duty to study such a case so far as his abilities enable him to, and present the results thus attained to the scientific world in the hope that he may have added some few facts to the mass of knowledge, or that his studies may result in the better understanding of the class of cases to which his case belongs.
When, however, such a case belongs to a type little studied, about which hardly anything definite is known, and when, further, it presents a wealth of symptoms which in their ensemble are closely allied to that most unfortunate of human afflictions―insanity,―it becomes doubly the duty of the man under whose observation such a case falls to publish it in all its details.
The case which follows is such a one. No apology is required for offering it in this form. It presents a wealth of manifestations which entitle it to a place in the annals of psychopathology.
The amount of experimental work done was so great that it will necessitate months of patient labor to formulate it all into a coherent and connected whole. I have, therefore, decided to present a review of the case embodying its main features, trusting that I will be able to offer the details at no very distant future.
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