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June 20, 1990

Antiepileptic Drugs

Author Affiliations

Georgetown University School of Medicine Washington, DC

Georgetown University School of Medicine Washington, DC

JAMA. 1990;263(23):3210-3211. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03440230116049

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Forget about Danielle Steele, Stephen King, and Tom Wolfe for your vacation's reading. Pack this volume on the next trip, spend time with it, and savor the richness of its contents. For anyone interested in epilepsy, this book is a must.

In the preface to this third edition, the editors affirm that its purpose is the same as that of the previous two— to "present in a single source all of the recent advances in knowledge concerning the antiepileptic drugs as well as an in-depth review of basic pharmacologic data from both animals and man." And it delivers—that and more. Indeed, it blends the colors of neurophysiology, neurochemistry, neuropharmacology, neuroepidemiology, neurotoxicology, neuroendocrinology, and clinical neurology into a striking tapestry that portrays the entire scene of neurological research and practice.

In the first of the book's 14 sections, general principles of antiepileptic drugs are described. Subsequent sections deal with specific antiepileptic