This section is from the book "The Transmission Of Life. Counsels On The Nature And Hygiene Of The Masculine Function", by George H. Napheys. Also available from Amazon: The Transmission of Life.
This disease also is more prone to attack the male sex. An exception, however, is to be made in this respect in regard to the French, particularly Parisians. All French authors agree that in Paris at least there are more women epileptics than men. Esquirol, the highest of the French authorities, states, after carefully comparing the number of patients at various asylums, that the number of women attacked was one-third greater than that of the men. English writers, however. are unanimous as to the greater pro-clivity to epilepsy being on the side of the male sex. An analysis of the returns of the Registrar-General of England with reference to the mortality from this disease in either during the past seven years, shows that 6729 were males and 6149 females. J Fence, "it would appear that the mortality of males at all ages from epilepsy is 52.26 per cent., of females 47.73 per cent., and that, therefore, 4.53 per cent. of male deaths occur from epilepsy in excess of female deaths from that cause; or, to put it in a different way, we find that the average male deaths in one year from epilepsy are 961.3, of females 878.1; so that annually in England and Wales 83.2 more males die epileptic than females." The census of the United States shows also that in America more men die epileptic than women.
Men when attacked by epilepsy are more apt to die o the disease than women. This greater liability to death on their part is not confined to epilepsy, but is true of all diseases of the nervous system, for whether in children, youth, or old age, death from these affections is more prevalent in the male than the female sex. Very extended statistics have shown that during the first five years of life the deaths among males from nervous diseases are greater by one-fifth than among females.