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From The CriticsReviewer: Joseph I Sirven, MD (Mayo Clinic Arizona)
Description: This book covers an important topic for which there are few resources — epilepsy and intensive care monitoring.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a foundation for the discipline of epilepsy and ICU monitoring. Long-term EEG monitoring is an important, growing subspecialty area of clinical neurophysiology. The objectives are certainly worthy, given that few books cover this topic in depth.
Audience: The book is intended for fellowship and residency directors, epilepsy and ICU nurses, neurosurgeons, and healthcare administrators. In sum, anyone involved in the field of epilepsy and ICU monitoring. The editor is well known in the field and the chapter authors are exceptional and provide an honest appraisal of each topic.
Features: The seven sections cover the main areas of interest, which include everything from the basics to scalp and intracranial EEG monitoring. The book culminates in appendixes dedicated to epilepsy center guidelines and epilepsy monitoring guidelines. It includes excellent examples of EEG figures and helpful tables and figures. The guidelines at the end of the book are especially helpful.
Assessment: This is an excellent resource for any reader looking to garner information about monitoring. This first of its kind book is essential for any medical or hospital library where epilepsy and long-term EEG monitoring is performed. Future editions would benefit from a supplemental DVD to help convey the visual aspects of this emerging field.