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April 20, 1984

Epilepsy: Diagnosis and Management

Author Affiliations

Anchorage, Alaska

JAMA. 1984;251(15):2024. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340390070039

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In Epilepsy: Diagnosis and Management, editors Thomas R. Browne and Robert G. Feldman, MD, succeed admirably in their purpose, "to present concise, up-to-date, and clinically oriented reviews of each of the major areas in the diagnosis and management of epilepsy." In 31 carefully edited chapters, topics are presented by invited authors in a consistent textbook format with helpful tables and figures for review and reference. Standard headings allow quick pinpointing of specific information from chapter to chapter.

The initial three chapters review the basic mechanisms and classification of the epilepsies. Complicated neurophysiological concepts are conveyed to the reader in an effective yet succinct manner. Chapters 4 through 10 deal with specific seizure types, and include an important discussion of "borderline areas" or pseudoseizures and migraines. The next 15 chapters focus on different management strategies including the EEG, antiepileptic drugs, behavioral methods, surgical intervention, nursing, and community resources. The final six