Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
by Arthur Sonnen, Jorgen Alving, Claudio Munari, and Hermann Stefan, one CD-ROM, requirements: 486 or Pentium processor, CD-ROM drive 2×-speed or faster, 256 screen colors, at least 16MB RAM, Windows 3.1 or 95 with a mouse; £20; Breda, Holland, International League Against Epilepsy/The Medicine Group Ltd, 62 Stert St, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, Great Britain, OX14 3YB; 1997.
This interactive CD-ROM with manual provides descriptions and classifications of all the major types of epileptic seizures. It is a wonderful set and a wonderful presentation. On one hand, such an excellent program combining videos of seizures with simultaneous electroencephalographic (EEG) tracings and clinical histories is long overdue. On the other hand, it is only recently that many people would have the equipment and know-how to use such a program. Now, both personal computers and familiarity with the requisite software are common, creating a new standard. For clinical understanding of seizures, correlation with physiology (EEG), and systematic comparison among seizure types, a book or even a collection of videotapes cannot compete. And this program, the first I have seen on this subject, is done very well.
EpilepsyVideo Atlas of Epileptic Seizures: Classical Examples. JAMA. 1998;279(8):633. doi:10.1001/jama.279.8.633-JBK0225-5-1