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Book Reviews
April 2005

Aicardi’s Epilepsy in Children, 3rd ed

Arch Neurol. 2005;62(4):686. doi:10.1001/archneur.62.4.686-a

by Alexis Arzimanoglou, MD, Renzo Guerrini, MD, and Jean Aicardi, MD, FRCP, 516 pp, $129.00, ISBN 0-7817-2698-0, Philadelphia, Pa, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2004.

The third edition of this classic and excellent text continues the format of the second edition, but it has expanded with the knowledge explosion in epilepsy. Such syndromes as generalized epilepsy with febrile seizures plus were not in the second edition.

The first section provides an overview and chapter on seizure and epilepsy classification. This chapter is essential to understanding the rest of the book as it introduces the proposed International League Against Epilepsy classification. In the proposed classification, the terms “simple” and “complex” to describe partial seizures are excluded. The authors, all members of the task force that proposed the new classification, quote from the task force report that the terms have lost “meaningful precision.” However, the old terms are used throughout the book. Finding adequate concise replacement terms may be a challenge.

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