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Title: Status epilepticus, the grim reaper of the mental health system in early Victoria.
Authors: Bladin, Peter F.
Issue Date: 2003
Publisher: Elsevier
Place of publication: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Journal title: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience
Volume: 10
Issue: 6
Start Page: 655
End Page: 660
Abstract: In an era when patients with refractory were managed in mental asylums in the colonial days of Victoria, Australia, the opinion of the administration was that such patients seemed have a benign prognosis. However the decision to collect all female epileptics in the colony and manage them in the Ballarat Mental Hospital, effected in 1901, allowed scrutiny of the progress of a cohort of 96 patients over the first seventeen years of the twentieth century, thereby revealing that under asylum conditions no less than a third of their number died as the result of status epilepticus. The results of this survey and the reasons for such an outcome are discussed.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11054/1009
ISSN: 0967-5868
metadata.dc.identifier.doi: 10.1016/S0967-5868(03)00071-7
Internal ID Number: 00973
Health Subject: BALLARAT HEALTH SERVICES - HISTORY
BALLARAT MENTAL HOSPITAL
BRAIN DISEASES
CONVULSIONS
EPILEPSY
SEIZURES, CONVULSIVE
STATUS EPILEPTICUS
Type: Journal Article
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