October 1972

Comprehensive Management of Epilepsy in Infancy, Childhood and Adolescence.

Author Affiliations

Torrance, Calif


Samuel Livingston, MD, assisted by Irving M Pruce, BS, with contributions by Dietrich Blumer, MD; Samuel Karelitz, MD, and A Earl Walker, MD. Price, $27.50. Pp 657. Charles C Thomas Publisher, 301-327 E Lawrence Ave, Springfield, Ill 62703, 1972.

Am J Dis Child. 1972;124(4):613-614. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1972.02110160151027

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Medicine is both an art and a science. This volume is a compendium of 35 years experience with over 20,000 seizure patients. It is our good fortune that the senior author has been a student of epilepsy over this long period; his vast experience has been carefully documented, analyzed, and interpreted in this book. He recapitulates and updates those portions which have appeared in earlier publications including extensive discussions of petit mal, grand mal, and psychomotor epilepsy. Experience with febrile convulsions, now extending over 25 years, gives the reader a lucid perspective and rationale for management. Three studies are summarized, one based on 622 patients.

An equally impressive discussion of breath-holding spells draws upon experience with 384 cases.

Dr. Livingston has long been identified with efforts to treat the "whole patient." This book is an important contribution to "physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, school teachers, vocational rehabilitation counselors, employers and

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