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December 13, 1976

Clinical Management of Seizures: A Guide for the Physician

Author Affiliations

University of Wisconsin Center for Health Sciences Madison

JAMA. 1976;236(24):2800-2801. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03270250060039

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The authors intend this book to be a guide to the clinical management of seizure disorders for "physicians, residents, and medical students who are not specialists in Neurology." To serve this purpose in a practical way, any such book must be brief and yet comprehensive. To meet these ends, and to allow for more discussion of clinical matters, the authors have taken a didactic approach that avoids discussion of unsettled or controversial areas, abbreviates discussion of pathophysiology and metabolism, and substitutes a "selective bibliography" for more extensive referencing.

Appropriate attention is given to the necessity for diagnosing the underlying cause of the seizures in all cases. Unfortunately, the emphasis the authors give to focal seizures in adults in this regard could lead to the erroneous implication that continuing search for a treatable lesion is not important in patients with generalized seizures. The discussion of the unusual nature, causes, and treatment