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January 1975

Epilepsies in Children

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Park Hospital for Children Old Road Oxford, England

Am J Dis Child. 1975;129(1):141. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1975.02120380109036

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This work, a prospective study of epilepsy in childhood, comes from Slovenia and is well translated. In Yugoslavia, the practice seems to be developing of having a pediatric seizure clinic to which all children with seizure disorders are sent, investigated, and followed up throughout their lives.

The book is concerned with 809 children. The work started in 1954 and it seems that most of these children have been followed up from the time of recruitment. Some of them must now be adults. Prospective, long-term studies are the basis for the understanding of the whole natural history of seizure disorders. It is interesting that the Yugoslavians find they need a professional team consisting of two pediatricians, a neuroradiologist, a neurosurgeon, and a neurologist. Experience in Europe and America has been closely similar.

The preliminary epidemiologic data suggest that the rate for epilepsy in Slovenia is similar to that in other parts

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