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January 1959

Epilepsy: What It Is, What to Do About It

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1959;81(1):68. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1959.02340130088014

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This is a paperback edition intended for use by patients, their families, and other lay persons who are concerned or interested in the problem of epilepsy. These readers will be able to obtain a great deal of useful information from this book. The nonpatient may improve his attitudes toward the epileptic in society or in school. The patient may better understand his disorder and his participation in therapy thereby improve. It should be recognized, however, that some of the approaches to diagnosis and treatment outlined in this book are those personally recommended by the author and are not necessarily uniformly accepted. Petit mal, for example, is less definitely defined than many will prefer, and the assumed specificity of the waves in the electroencephalogram is doubtful. The methods for narcosis treatment and for rapid trial of different medications are not as widely accepted as might be implied.

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