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(i) On right or left sided spasm at the onset of epileptic paroxysms, and on crude sensation warnings, and elaborate mental states. By J. Hughlings Jackson, M.D., LL.D., F.R.S. Physician to the London Hospital, and to the National Hospital for the Epileptic and Paralysed. Brain 1880: 2; 192–206. With (ii) On a particular variety of epilepsy (‘intellectual aura’), one case with symptoms of organic brain disease. By J. Hughlings Jackson, M.D., LL.D., F.R.S. Brain 1888: 11; 179–207. With (iii) Case of epilepsy with tasting movements and ‘dreamy state’—very small patch of softening in the left uncinate gyrus. By J. Hughlings Jackson, M.D., F.R.C.P., LL.D., F.R.S. and Walter S. Colman, MD, F.R.C.P. Brain 1898: 21; 580–590. With (iv) Epileptic attacks with a warning of a crude sensation of smell and with the intellectual aura (dreamy state) in a patient who had symptoms pointing to gross organic disease of the right temporo-sphenoidal lobe. By J. Hughlings Jackson M.D., F.R.C.P., F.R.S. Physician to the National Hospital for the Epileptic and Paralysed and Purves Stewart, M.A., M.D., M.R.C.P Assistant-Physician to the Westminster Hospital. Brain 1899: 22; 535–549.


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A trained person who conducts a usually rather narrow range of specific specialized tasks in a physician's office or hospital, with or without supervision by a licensed physician. These tasks include medical history taking using a prepared questionnaire; measuring and recording blood pressure, visual acuity, or results of other clinical tests; and specialized procedures, such as setting up and monitoring intravenous fluid infusions. In public health, a comparable level of training equips field workers for many tasks, especially in low-income nations, e.g., the feldshers of Eastern Europe and the barefoot doctors of China, now mostly superseded. Physician assistant training and prior background vary considerably. One important category in some jurisdictions is the nurse practitioner, a qualified nurse who has had additional training in diagnostic and treatment methods and procedures, although in other jurisdictions nurse practitioners are autonomous, independent health professionals.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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