December 1973

Epileptic Seizures, Clinical and Electrographic Features, Diagnosis and Treatment.

Author Affiliations

Camp Pendleton, Calif


By Henri Gastaut, MD, Roger Broughton, MD. Price, not given. Pp 286, with 95 illustrations. Charles C Thomas Publisher, Springfield, Ill, 1972.

Arch Surg. 1973;107(6):918-919. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1973.01350240082030

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In 1969, after a lifetime of study of the epilepsies, Dr. Henri Gastaut's clinical work was interrupted by his appointment as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of Marseille, France. He had been eminently successful in persuading the International League Against Epilepsy and the World Health Organization to create international classifications, first of epileptic seizures and then of the epilepsies, based upon his 18,000 clinical cases whose diagnoses were confirmed by 100,000 electroencephalographic tracings. Therefore, the task of writing a definitive textbook on epilepsy was assigned to Dr. Roger Broughton, based on Dr. Henri Gastaut's clinical material. This Dr. Broughton, now Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa, an associate of Dr. Gastaut's from 1962 to 1964, has done beautifully.

This book, published by Charles C Thomas Publisher, is both a general review and a personal document reflecting the interests and beliefs of the authors, and represents the widespread influence

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