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October 22, 1982

Antiepileptic Drugs

Author Affiliations

Boston University Medical Center


edited by Dixon M. Woodbury, J. Kiffin Penry, and C. E. Pippenger, ed 2; 879 pp, with illus, $65, New York, Raven Press, 1982.

JAMA. 1982;248(16):2055. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330160093040

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The management of epilepsy constitutes a major part of the practice of neurology. It is not only a common illness, but it is one where the physician's skill and knowledge can make the difference between permitting the patient to lead a normal, productive life or condemning the patient to unemployment, despair, and disability. Indeed, there are few diseases where the advances in the pharmacologic treatment have had such dramatically beneficial effects on clinical practice.

This book brings together the very latest in our knowledge of the mode of action, side effects, pharmacokinetics, and many other aspects of anticonvulsant drugs. It is an essential compendium for all neurologists and for all investigators who are directly or indirectly concerned with epilepsy. The list of contributors is in itself assurance of the highest quality; the editors richly deserve the unofficial title of the "Three Kings of Epilepsy."

It is remarkable that the treatment