Television can help medicine

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 18 January 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:0

Television can help medicine, this issue shows. Watching somebody have a fit during a televised sporting event is distressing. One second you are excited by the game. The next you are watching a fellow human in distress.

But is the fit that players have on a pitch after a collision a true epileptic fit? Doctors have assumed that they are a form of post-traumatic epileptic seizure secondary to underlying brain injury. Now Melbourne neurologists suggest that these convulsions are not epileptic (p 171). They identified 22 cases that had occurred over 15 …

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