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December 19, 2001

Epilepsy, History: The History of Modern Epilepsy: The Beginning, 1865-1914

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 2001;286(23):3018. doi:10.1001/jama.286.23.3018-JBK1219-6-1

This well-written book, whose author is professor emeritus of medical humanities and neurology at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, covers the developments in the field of epilepsy during the 50 years starting in 1865. The book might be read as a continuation of Owsei Temkin's The Falling Sickness: A History of Epilepsy From the Greeks to the Beginning of Modern Neurology (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994) which covered events up to the mid-1800s.

Like its predecessor, Friedlander's book is rich in facts. The text is authoritative, each of its nine chapters having 200 to 400 references. It features dozens of verbatim quotes, many from obscure yet colorful and relevant originals, which makes it interesting and stimulating reading.