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March 23, 1990

Seizures and Epilepsy

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USN USS Forrestal CV

JAMA. 1990;263(12):1714-1715. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03440120156052

Epilepsy:100 Elementary Principles, by Roger J. Porter, 2nd ed (Major Problems in Neurology, vol 20, J. Walton, ed), 193 pp, with 23 illus, $43, ISBN 0-7020-1365-X, Philadelphia, Pa, WB Saunders Co, 1989.

Seizures and Epilepsy is a comprehensive work that covers virtually everything associated with seizures and disorders of recurrent seizures—that is, epilepsy. The unity of style offered by a single author who writes clearly is useful, and the book is organized, as the author promises, in such a way that the several topics flow logically one to the other. References are many and current. There is also liberal attention to classic observations and how older evidence influenced or at times misled modern studies. Illustrations, graphs, and tables, many in color, add much to the text and seem always pertinent.

There is not really a weak section in the book. An enjoyable historical section discusses the interpretations of seizure phenomena