March 1968

Medical Electroencephalography.

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By Frederic A. Gibbs, MD, and Erna L. Gibbs. Price, not given. Pp 79, with many illustrations. Addison-Wesley International Division, Reading, Mass, 1967.

Arch Intern Med. 1968;121(3):302. doi:10.1001/archinte.1968.03640030094024

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A while ago, Doctor and Mrs. Gibbs published a huge atlas of electroencephalograms for experts. Now, they have put out a 79 page quarto, full of copies of many EEGs showing all of the commoner abnormalities. It is just what an internist, neurologist, pediatrician, or generalist needs in his office to help him understand the reports from the electroencephalographer. It is hoped that this book will stimulate more physicians and especially psychoanalysts, psychiatrists, and men who deal with problem children, to begin ordering EEGs.

Through the years, as an internist, I have seen scores of people with supposed neuroses or minor psychoses and dozens of apparently "bad" or "problem" children who were revealed as epileptics without seizures when I had EEGs made. Many of them were able to return to school or college quickly with the help of some anticonvulsive drug, such as diphenylhydantoin (Dilantin).

The physician should be particularly

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