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March 1983

Electroencephalography: Basic Principles, Clinical Applications and Related Fields

Author Affiliations

Department of Neurology University of Minnesota Medical School Minneapolis, MN 55455

Arch Neurol. 1983;40(3):191-192. doi:10.1001/archneur.1983.04050030085025

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This book has 44 chapters written by 23 authors from Europe and the United States. It represents a commendable attempt at producing a one-volume, comprehensive textbook on EEG.

Many chapters are good, but some are especially clear and didactic. "Biophysical Aspects of EEG and MEG Generation" deals with its subject in a clear and well-organized fashion understandable to all readers, leaving the mathematical foundations in an appendix for those whose interests are more basic. The chapter on the EEG laboratory goes into a discussion of laboratory design and organization, including comments on reporting EEGs and handling the reports. This is a useful feature that is not commonly seen in texts on EEG. The contingent negative variation is amply discussed in a review that includes techniques and physiologic and psychological correlates, updating previous reviews by the authors of the chapters.

Some of the chapters are outstanding. The one on psychiatric disorders

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