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  •  "Mass lesion" wasn't the precise terminology (0+ / 0-)

    I should have said structural or anatomic lesion to include all the possible etiologies that make the contrast with the epileptic seizures that most people are familiar with, which have no lesion associated that can be seen on either imaging or at autopsy.

    My point is that none of the accounts I have seen of this episode make at all clear to the lay reader that Bryson almost certainly has a serious underlying condition for which the seizure was merely a relatively trivial symptom, unimportant in itself compared to its importance as a symptom of that serious underlying condition.  When most readers don't understand what it means for a 68yo to have a first seizure, because they have their familiarity with seizure almost entirely from epilepsy, I think it's a pretty serious disservice to the reader to not bring the difference out front.  People who think only of epileptic seizures when seizure is mentioned might think Gohmert had a point, that a 68 yo epileptic either ought to have his seizures under very good control by now, or not be driving if they aren't.

    We should have destroyed the presidency before Obama took office. Too late now.

    by gtomkins on Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 09:27:28 PM PDT

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