April 16, 1997

Epilepsy: 199 Answers: A Doctor Responds to His Patients' Questions

Author Affiliations

University of Virginia Health Sciences Center Charlottesville


by Andrew N. Wilner, 128 pp, paper, $24.95, ISBN 1-888799-09-9, New York, NY, Demos Vermande, 1996.

JAMA. 1997;277(15):1248-1249. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03540390078043

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The subtitle of this book,"A Doctor Responds to His Patients' Questions," introduces the reader to the format of responses to many of the questions that follow on a diagnosis of a seizure disorder.

Several things become obvious right away. The author is an experienced epileptologist who has thought carefully about the problems encountered by patients, their friends and relatives, physicians, nurses, and social workers. The realization that one is suffering from a seizure disorder, or that this is the affliction suffered by a loved one, frequently comes as a shock, and the medical interview during which this comes about may not be the time to formulate or to answer all the questions that arise. A sympathetic physician and, in a comprehensive epilepsy program, associated health care providers will make time available to discuss questions and problems that arise after the dust has settled and an overall management plan can be