November 1987

Epilepsy in Children

Author Affiliations

Departments of Neurology and Pediatrics Section of Child Neurology Arizona Health Sciences Center Tucson, AZ 85724


by Jean Aicardi, 428 pp, $69[ill]50, New York, Raven press, 1986.

Am J Dis Child. 1987;141(11):1157. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1987.04460110027014

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As its three predecessors have been, this fourth volume of the International Review of Child Neurology series (official publications of the International Child Neurology Association) is a classic. This book, by Jean Aicardi, MD, a singleauthor publication with over 1500 references, is a masterPiece. As he notes in the preface, many pediatric specialists are only "imperfectly aware" of recent developments in epileptology. To rectify this situation, Dr Aicardi stresses clinical aspects of seizures and epileptic syndromes, emphasizing information that will help pediatricians to diagnose, investigate, and treat epilepsy in children.

The book's four major parts include general "notions" about seizures; the major types of seizures and epileptic syndromes; epileptic manifestations of infancy and childhood; and general aspects of diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment. While only slightly over 300 pages in length, it is almost encyclopedic in its coverage of specific seizure types (and may tell the practicing clinician more than he

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