John Libbey Eurotext

Epileptic Disorders

The Educational Journal of the

Dreamy state: a case report from the selected writings of John Hughlings Jackson Volume 3, issue 2, June 2001

Author
Department of Child Neurology, Hôpital Robert-Debré, Paris, France
  • Page(s) : 51-4
  • Published in: 2001

This masterly account of a remarkable type of epileptic attacks with "dreamy state" was published in Brain, volume XI, pp. 179-207 in 1888 [1]. The patient was himself a physician and a highly articulate person endowed with an unusual capacity for introspection in addition to an interest in poetry and travelling 1. Jackson disagreed with some of the terms used by his doctor-patient; he preferred the word "reminiscence" to that of "recollection" and put between inverted commas that of "aura", indicating that he did not use it for any form of the "dreamy state" although the term remains easy to understand 2. Edited by James Taylor, Gordon Holmes and F.M.R. Walshe, Nijmegen: Arts and Boeve, 1996.