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January 1964

Convulsive Disorders in Children.

Arch Neurol. 1964;10(1):115. doi:10.1001/archneur.1964.00460130119016

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This latest book on seizure disorders in children is a worthwhile addition to the medical library of all physicians who treat children regularly. Dr. Keith's text is based on his long extensive experience at the Mayo Clinic. His style makes easy reading, and his opinions are always clearly stated.

The beginner in this field and medical students might find his definitions and classifications somewhat vague, but the experienced pediatrician and neurologist will find this an advantage because our knowledge of epilepsy is not as extensive as some texts would have us believe.

Dr. Keith's comments on electroencephalography and Dr. Bickford's and Klass's separate chapter on this subject are good and helpful.

The chapter on anticonvulsant medication should probably have been more enlarged, but many "pearls" on medical management are to be found dispersed throughout other chapters of the book.

The chief value of this monograph lies in the 80-page section

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