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March 1994

Women and Epilepsy

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Minneapolis, Minn

Arch Neurol. 1994;51(3):230. doi:10.1001/archneur.1994.00540150016004

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Women and Epilepsy, an outgrowth of a conference held on the topic of women and epilepsy, consists of 16 chapters divided into four sections and brief transcripts of portions of four discussions. Perhaps it is because of a lack of specific information, or perhaps it is because the impact of epilepsy on the two sexes is not all that different, but there are only small portions of this book that relate specifically to the problems of epilepsy in women.

A few pages in the chapter "Quality of Life" report that in a study group of nine women and nine men, they could not ascertain differences in perceptions of quality of life. In the chapter on counseling women toward independence, the only specific relationship to women is the fact that the female pronoun is used throughout. In the chapter of epileptic syndromes of childhood (which runs to 22 pages), three pages

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