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April 1931

TREATMENT OF EPILEPSY.

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By FRITZ B. TALBOT, M.D. Price, $4. Pp. 292. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1930.

Am J Dis Child. 1931;41(4):1003. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1931.01940100259023

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Abstract

This book is evidently designed as a handy reference to the dietetic treatment for epilepsy. It is divided into two sections, the first of which discusses briefly the history, diagnosis, prognosis, symptoms and, in more detail, many of the measures long used in the treatment for the disease. This section, which includes more than one third of the book, closes with a discussion of the different types of medication in use at present.

The remainder of the book is concerned with the ketogenic diet. As one would expect, Dr. Talbot has ably discussed the metabolic factors underlying its use. The most important of these, viz., the caloric and protein requirements, and the relation between the ketogenic and antiketogenic substances are discussed in detail. He follows the methods of Shaffer. There is brief mention of the physiology of acetone. The protein requirement for children on a ketogenic diet is given as

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