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July 1994

The Treatment of Epilepsy: Principles and Practices

Author Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics Arizona Health Sciences Center 1501 N Campbell Tucson, AZ 85724-0001

 

edited by Elaine Wyllie, 1238 pp, with illus, $99.50, Lea and Febiger, Philadelphia, Pa, 1993.

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1994;148(7):769-770. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1994.02170070107027

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Abstract

Management of seizures, the most common pediatric neurological problem seen in the office, has changed a good deal in 30 years. From painful and potentially harmful neuroimaging studies and a few anticonvulsants with major side effects, we now have noninvasive neuroimaging procedures, better drugs, referral centers for epilepsy, and surgical treatment, even in young infants.

Wyllie's book reflects these changes and is truly encyclopedic in form. She notes that the idea for the book began during her fellowship to study epilepsy, when she was unable to find a single text on the various basic and clinical aspects of pediatric epileptology. She has succeeded with this "first ever" major text in remedying this deficiency. The book is already a classic; in fact, the only critique might be that most pediatricians managing seizures might feel like the schoolgirl submitting a book report who said, "This book tells me more about cats than

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