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May 1973

Epilepsy Handbook, Ed 2.

Author Affiliations

Columbus, Ohio


By Louis D. Boshes, MD, and Frederic A. Gibbs, MD. Price, $11.75. Pp 196. Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 301-327 E Lawrence Ave, Springfield, Ill, 1972.

Arch Intern Med. 1973;131(5):758. doi:10.1001/archinte.1973.00320110142034

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This small volume meets the requirements set by its authors, ie, to present a compact and practical handbook of useful knowledge about epilepsy.

There is probably more emphasis on electroencephalography than some would feel is justified. This EEG approach is made obvious by the assertion that epilepsy is, in essence, paroxysmal cerebral dysrhythmia. However, from the practical aspect, this viewpoint is tempered by the statement that, in grand mal epilepsy, the clinical manifestations are so obvious that laboratory verification is relatively unimportant.

The portion of the book devoted to treatment is sound, and this enhances its practical value.

Comments referring to causation, role of heredity, relationships of migraine, and psychiatric treatment will not be acceptable to some readers, while others will wonder about such statements as "The majority of epileptics do not have convulsions."

In summary, the book has considerable practical value, especially for general practitioners. Certain opinions expressed

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