April 1973

Epilepsy Handbook, ed 2.

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By Louis D. Boshes, MD, and Frederic A. Gibbs, MD. Price, not given. Pp 196. Charles C Thomas Publisher, 301-327 E Lawrence Ave, Springfield, Ill 62703, 1972.

Arch Intern Med. 1973;131(4):614. doi:10.1001/archinte.1973.00320100142037

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For any physician or layman who wants to understand epilepsy, this book is excellent because it is packed full of valuable information. Also, as the great epileptologist, William Lennox, said when he reviewed the first edition, "It contains no fat." In other words, the English is clear and easy to read, and the chapters are as brief as can be consistent with giving a good idea of the subject. There is a splendid bibliography and a fine index.

Very important is the fact that among the 33 chapters are several chapters on the milder and somewhat atypical forms of epilepsy, varieties that are rarely recognized by the average physician or psychiatrist. Chapters on treatment of these types of epilepsy are excellent, including two sections on drug therapy. Also, there is a valuable chapter on counseling the epileptic patient and the community aspects of epilepsy (especially regarding the problems of living

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