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May 1997

Clinical Epilepsy

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Charlottesville, Va


by John S. Duncan, Simon D. Shorvon, and David R. Fish, foreword by Frederick Andermann, 408 pp, $65, New York, NY, Churchill Livingstone Inc, 1995.

Arch Neurol. 1997;54(5):522-523. doi:10.1001/archneur.1997.00550170010006

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The last 10 years have seen a glut of books on the epilepsies encompassing both basic science and clinical perspectives. In the past 2 years 3 books have been entered from the same stable, the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London, England. These are represented by Status Epilepticus by Shorvon, The Treatment of Epilepsy edited by Shorvon, Dreifuss, Fish, and Thomas, and the excellent volume under review herein.

Clinical Epilepsy is a relatively compact volume, entirely based on the premise of clinical neurology aimed at everyone engaged in the practice of neurology and epileptology. This is a clinician's handbook par excellence, starting with the basic clinical question as to whether the patient's complaint is epilepsy or something else, going on to explore the various types of seizures and the features that distinguish them and then exploring the various epilepsies of which the individual seizures are symptoms. These classifications

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