January 1974

The Generalized Epilepsies: A Clinical Electroencephalographic Study.

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By Ernst Niedermeyer, MD. Price, $11.50. Pp 247. Charles C Thomas Publisher, 301-327 E Lawrence Ave, Springfield, IL 62703, 1972.

Arch Intern Med. 1974;133(1):161. doi:10.1001/archinte.1974.00320130163029

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Niedermeyer is an electroencephalographer of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and is associate professor in the Division of Neurological Surgery. His book is packed with information, especially on the many unusual types of electroencephalograph patterns seen by experts in this field. The book is based on a study of 300 patients who had definite epileptic seizures, usually associated with syndromes different from the usual grand mal epilepsy.

There is a valuable bibliography. The writer is particularly enthusiastic about the work of Gastaut and writes of the "Lennox-Gastaut" syndrome. Niedermeyer also lists many of his own papers and many by Gibbs. This is a book written almost entirely for electroencephalographers; it is filled with information that can be very valuable to them. The data will be of interest to neurologists, but much of it is too technical for an ordinary internist.

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