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April 25, 1977

A Textbook of Epilepsy

Author Affiliations

Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine Chicago

JAMA. 1977;237(17):1872. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270440062028

The editors of this book have done an excellent job. They present in one readable volume the most important modern information on epilepsy in a multidisciplinary approach. All of the contributors are British except for two from the United States. The entire volume is devoted to the patient with epilepsy and the problems, including medical, psychological, social, educational, and rehabilitative, that arise from the unpredictable nature of his attacks. It is emphasized that there are many questions regarding epilepsy about which we are still ignorant.

After an introduction the first chapter is by a family physician who describes well the problems that occur for both the patient and the family when seizures occur. Another chapter describes in detail the clinical description of seizures, as well as various etiologies and prognoses, and gives a classification used throughout the book, but also has an appendix with the international classification. One entire chapter,

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