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Sept 7, 1963

Living with Epileptic Seizures

JAMA. 1963;185(10):809-810. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03060100089036

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This book has an unusual direction in that it is written for the patient and the patient's family and is oriented to the family physician as well. Dr. Livingston has undertaken a most difficult task in trying to write for the lay reader and still make the work of interest and value to the physician. On the whole, he has achieved this.

The arrangement of this book, with case histories to illustrate the various problems, is most valuable. Controversial matters he balances with quotations from many different sources. The style is clear and pleasant. Very little is obscure and the vast experience of the author amply justifies his dogmatic conclusions when they appear.

It is gratifying to note that he explodes the myth of an epileptic personality and clearly identifies breath-holding spells in children as not epileptic. He is clear and concise in his justification of life insurance, jobs, and

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