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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Korwyn Williams, MD, PhD (Phoenix Children's Hospital)
Description: This is a comprehensive review of pediatric EEG in both written and visual formats.
Purpose: As stated in the foreword, the book "provides an accessible [and] comprehensive tool...to become familiar with the...clinical and electrographic manifestations of childhood epilepsy." The dearth of EEG atlases created solely for pediatrics make this work a welcome contribution to the field.
Audience: This atlas is very versatile. It lends itself to being read cover to cover (recommended for a novice to pediatric EEG) or being used as a quick reference by an experienced neurophysiologist. Dr. Laoprasert's extensive neurophysiology experience is exhibited by his clear and succinct writing.
Features: One difference between adult and pediatric EEG is the dramatic ontogenic changes that can occur in as short a time as a week or two in pediatric EEG. Therefore, topics such as normal features of the newborn and pediatric EEG and nonspecific variants get significant coverage, as they should. Additionally, focal and generalized epileptiform and nonepileptiform seizures and intensive care unit patterns are also reviewed. These patterns are often similar to adult patterns, but sometimes the variations can seem less benign than they are to those unfamiliar with pediatric EEG. Easily, the nicest component of this compendium is the DVD with its very extensive video library of seizures and nonepileptic events.
Assessment: I will certainly add this book to my EEG laboratory's library. It will serve as a quick and ready resource to confirm unusual EEG patterns. The DVD itself is a treasure to instruct students, residents, fellows, and epilepsy monitoring unit nurses in the recognition of seizure and nonepileptic semiologies.