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December 1991

Current Trends in Epilepsy: A Self-Study Course for Physicians

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Iowa City, Iowa

Arch Neurol. 1991;48(12):1214. doi:10.1001/archneur.1991.00530240016004

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Abstract

This three-unit set, intended as a self-study course for physicians, was designed by the Epilepsy Foundation of America in collaboration with the New York State Epilepsy Association and the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council. Dr W. Allen Hauser edited the books, and renowned epileptologists and specialists from clinical, pharmacological, neurophysiological, psychological, sociological, and genetic fields contributed the chapters. The books cover the wide spectrum of epileptology. Unit 1 includes classification and differential diagnosis, natural history and prognosis, interictal psychopathology, and social aspects of epilepsy and seizures. Because epilepsy is a life-long disease, it is important to understand how the natural history differs depending on the type(s) of seizures. The chapter on natural history and prognosis provides helpful advice for deciding whether medication can be discontinued. The psychological and/or social aspects of managing patients with epilepsy has often been ignored or only minimally dealt with in general neurology practice.

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