August 19, 1974

The Management of Epilepsy

Author Affiliations

Cincinnati General Hospital Cincinnati


by Robert B. Aird and Dixon M. Woodbury, 448 pp, with illus, $17.75. Charles C Thomas, Publishers, 1974.

JAMA. 1974;229(8):1111-1112. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230460061034

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The authors of this monograph have attempted to give a comprehensive review of the management of the epileptic from the standpoint of the clinician and the pharmacologist. The result of this joint venture has produced some divergence of emphasis and also some contradiction but on the whole fairly represents the two approaches. Epilepsy, in particular, requires that many aspects be understood by those affected by it, and the authors outline not only a summary of the various forms of epilepsy, a description of drugs used and their special applications, and various pitfalls and warnings, but also a presentation of the social aspects. Unfortunately, the style is overgeneralized, so that one does not get the flavor of the approach to the patient. One might have preferred a more direct description of the authors' personal experiences in dealing with epileptics rather than a broad presentationlacking in emphasis.

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