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June 1959

Epilepsy Handbook.

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By Frederic A. Gibbs, M.D., and Frederick W. Stamps, M.D. Price, $4.75. Pp. 101, with 8 illustrations. Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 301-327 E. Lawrence Ave., Springfield, Ill., 1958.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1959;97(6):897-898. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1959.02070010899030

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The publication of a handbook by Dr. F. A. Gibbs and Dr. F. W. Stamps is welcome to all who are interested in the problems of clinical epilepsy. Dr. Gibbs and his associates have pioneered the application of electroencephalography for the diagnosis of convulsive disorders in this country, and have originated new concepts which are proving most helpful in the management of children with epilepsy. All who have used the authors' "Atlas of Electroencephalography" will be particularly glad to see the epitome of an unequaled experience in this field, published in such a convenient form.

The preface states that "This book is intended to be a compact, practical compendium of useful knowledge about epilepsy," addressed to "the busy doctor." Initial chapters stress the underlying unity of the epileptic process, whether the seizures are "maximal" or "submaximal," in terms of a disordered and excessive release of energy by the brain, pictured

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