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Book Reviews
Sep 2012

The Causes of Epilepsy: Common and Uncommon Causes in Adults and Children

Author Affiliations


Author Affiliations: Department of Neurology, University of Washington, Harborview Medical Center, and Regional Epilepsy Center, Seattle, Washington.

Arch Neurol. 2012;69(9):1212-1213. doi:10.1001/archneurol.2012.1266

Many dozens of textbooks on epilepsy have been published within the last several years, but none have focused specifically on the causes of epilepsy. In one sense, this may be a surprising observation because epileptic seizures are among the most common of neurological conditions. However, from another perspective, this is quite understandable because the assembly of a compendium that comprehensively details the enormous number of potential etiologies of the epilepsies and epileptic seizures must be a monumental task. Yet the editors of this book, along with a large and distinguished international group of contributors, have succeeded in accomplishing this mission, with the end product being a truly unique text.