Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
edited by John Oxbury, Charles Polkey, and Michael Duchowny, 878 pp, with illus, $225, ISBN 0-7020-2428-7, Philadelphia, Pa, WB Saunders Co, 2000.
The editors of this thorough book define "intractable epilepsy" as seizures in adults that continue after two years even with three or more medications and seizures in children who are clinically deteriorating. The book is dedicated to the epilepsies and seizures of focal origin. However, in the excellent chapters, including those on pathophysiology, pharmacology, epidemiology, and diagnosis, the text has broad applicability to the basic understanding of all types of seizures and the clinical approach to any patient with epilepsy. So, the book's value is broader than the title suggests.
EpilepsyIntractable Focal Epilepsy. JAMA. 2001;285(13):1771-1772. doi:10.1001/jama.285.13.1771-JBK0404-3-1