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This timely update of Wilson's earlier work, Applications of Electroencephalography in Psychiatry, covers the same ground with thoroughness and clarity. Of particular merit are Weiner's chapters on the use of the EEG in organic brain syndromes and the EEG in relation to electronconvulsive therapy and Hughes' comprehensive review of the recent literature on 14- and 6-cps positive spiking. No doubt this will be greeted with skepticism by those who feel that this waveform has been definitively categorized as a normal variant. Hughes also reviews the medicolegal status of the EEG, with documentation of court precedents.
Some of the chapters are less satisfactory on account of the amorphous nature of the subjects discussed, eg, schizophrenia, affective disorders, and sleep architecture. But one could have wished a more detailed discussion of the effects of psychotropic drugs on the EEG (especially the benzodiazepines), eg, the epileptogenic properties of amitriptyline and ethylalcohol withdrawal in
Charlton MH. EEG and Evoked Potentials in Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurology. Arch Neurol. 1984;41(5):474. doi:10.1001/archneur.1984.04050170016006
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