Francis Kruse Jr on epilepsy committee

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Francis Kruse Jr on epilepsy committee - Organize State Epilepsy Group By DR. E. H....
Organize State Epilepsy Group By DR. E. H. IlonRIS State Health Offirrr Wisconsin was ths fust slalc to permit the issuancfi of driving licenses to persons who arc <• po- leptics. That law, passed in im, was the forerunner of similar legislation in most of the other stales and conslitutod a stri:lc toward better public \indorstand- Ing of the nature of epilepsy. It is estimated thai more thun two million people in the I'nited States are affected by epilepsy. In Wisconsin the number ie between 30 and 4n thousand. Very briefly, epilepsy is a disorder of the nervous system characterized by disturbances m the rhythm of electrical discharges through the brain. Those disturbances sometimes result in unconsciousness or convulsive movements of the body—seizures. The nature of the seizure's varies with the type of epilepsy. Some cases can be traced to a definite such as an injury or scarring from an infection. In others the cause is not as readily determined. Many ."^eirure Krpe Medical authorities estimate that .SO per cent of all persons "•ith epilepsy become seizure- frrr when treated by modern medical tcrhnifiues while the frequency nf .seizures is sub- .i(.an!iaI1y reduced in another M. Most i>eopIe with epilepsy arc | otherwise normal and can lead persons with epilepsy parallels that of the ccncral public. persons with epilepsy are em- { ployable within their capacities and the requirements of the job. In the spring of lORfi. at the request of Gov. Warren Knowles, the State Board of Health established an advisory committee on to consider the pro . „, . Wem 0 epilepsy ,n Wisconsin. | assess the needs and make TO-: commendations to meet them. The committee was headed by Dr Francis M. Forster of the I University of Wisconsin, Madi- son. Members were: Dr Jean Davis, Milwaukee: Prof. Nathan Feinsinger, Dr. Leonard Ganzer, Don Johns, Carl Mayer, Dr. Frank Rcidcr, Hugh Russell, Dr. Horace Tcnney III, John Thomp•son, Adrian Townc. all of Madi- Marshfield; Dr. Phillip White, son; Dr. Francis Kruse. .Jr. Milwaukee. The committe made its report In January 1%7. U a Prohlrm i The committee fouad: 1. The Incidence of epilepsy is suffi- ctently high in Wisconsin to be a socio-economic problem 2. There is need in the state additional epilepsy clinics to sup-1 plement the four presently in ex- istence. 3. There .should be a better awareness of the poten- ttalitics of the .services for ep. ilepfks through professional ed-; ucation as well as better infer- mation about epilepsy directed to the public and ancilliary and paramedical personnel, 4. Further consideration should be given M the laws affecting epi- leptics. beginning

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  1. Janesville Daily Gazette,
  2. 27 Sep 1967, Wed,
  3. Page 25

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