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February 25, 1983

The Primary Care of Seizure Disorders: A Practical Guide to the Evaluation and Comprehensive Management of Seizure Disorders

Author Affiliations

Beth Israel Hospital Boston

JAMA. 1983;249(8):1066. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330320064045

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The preface states that "This book is designed to help physicians who in the course of clinical practice care for patients who have epileptic seizures. The intention is to provide a thorough but concise treatment of the subject which may serve as a basic text as well as a handy reference source for solving problems as they arise on a case-by-case basis." The book remains faithful to this purpose.

There are ten chapters, which cover topics such as clinical evaluation, genetic aspects, electroencepholography, treatment on a routine and emergency basis, psychiatric issues, and medicolegal aspects. The emphasis is very much on practical management. This is handled with an approach comfortably anchored in good common sense. The one area that receives less emphasis than it merits is the psychiatric ramifications of temporal lobe epilepsy. This type of epilepsy has been associated with a wide spectrum of syndromes ranging from dissociative states