July 1980

Epilepsies of Childhood

Author Affiliations

Children's Hospital Medical Center 300 Longwood Ave Boston, MA 02115


by Niall V. O'Donohoe 318 pp, Washington, DC, Butterworth Inc, 1979.

Am J Dis Child. 1980;134(7):713-714. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1980.02130190079028

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This is an excellent, small volume that covers in a comprehensive fashion almost all aspects of clinical problems in epilepsy. It is also timely in its publication, in that it has been about eight years since Livingston's book was first published, which recently has been the standard pediatrically oriented monograph on epilepsy. Dr O'Donohoe provides comprehensive discussion of the clinical problems, as well as updates our information. In addition to the expected coverage in chapters relating to such problems as "neonatal seizures," and "Major Generalized Epilepsy (Grand Mal)," etc, there is also the very convenient and concise presentation of a number of special problems in epilepsy, such as "Post-Traumatic Epilepsy," "Epilepsy in the Adolescent," "Learning Problems in Children with Epilepsy," "Epilepsy in Sleep," etc. These issues are presented in brief chapters and provide a balanced account of the particular problem, which is useful for quick reference, rather than burying the