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Study n°. 26 “Epilepsy” by Henri Ey: Clinical reflection based on a historical text. Volume 98, issue 10, Décembre 2022


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1 Université Paris Cité, UFR médecine centre, 75006 Paris, France
2 Unité de monitoring video-EEG, service de neurologie, explorations fonctionnelles, hôpital central, CHU de Nancy, 29, av. du Mal-de-Lattre-de-Tassigny, 54000 Nancy, France
Rubrique coordonnée par Eduardo Mahieu
Correspondance : A. Tarrada

In 1953, Henri Ey wrote a complete study of the epileptic disorders divided into five parts: 1) epileptic paroxysms, 2) acute epileptic psychosis, 3) chronic epileptic mental disorders, 4) people with epilepsy, 5) problems with the classification of epilepsy. Historically when the distinction between neurology and psychiatry was unclear, the treatment of epileptic patients was conducted by psychiatrists, or neuropsychiatrists. Psychiatrists were interested in epilepsy, until the development of electroencephalography which transferred the disorder to the neurological field. Although epilepsy is clearly a neurological disorder, the relationship with psychiatry still remains, as demonstrated by study n°. 26 of Henri Ey titled “Epilepsy.” Many of his observations are still relevant in 2022.