Epilepsy: A Patient and Family Guide: Third Edition

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Epilepsy is the most common neurologic disorder in children, adults, and the elderly, affecting over 2.7 million people in the United States. Every year almost 200,000 people will be diagnosed with epilepsy and will face drastic lifestyle changes but a proper understanding of epilepsy is the first step toward managing this disease and living life to the fullest.

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Overview

Epilepsy is the most common neurologic disorder in children, adults, and the elderly, affecting over 2.7 million people in the United States. Every year almost 200,000 people will be diagnosed with epilepsy and will face drastic lifestyle changes but a proper understanding of epilepsy is the first step toward managing this disease and living life to the fullest.

Epilepsy: Patient and Family Guide, 3rd Edition offers a comprehensive and authoritative discussion of epilepsy for the patient. Written by a leading expert in the field, this extensively updated third edition incorporates many comments and suggestions from real patients and their families. This guide will answer commonly asked questions about epilepsy, dispel uncertainties and fears, and encourage those diagnosed with epilepsy to become strong advocates in their medical care.

Ideal for patients or parents of children with epilepsy, this book discusses:

  • The nature and diversity of seizures
  • The factors that can cause or prevent seizures
  • The most current information about all antiepileptic drugs
  • Medical, surgical, and alternative therapies for seizures
  • Legal, financial, and employment issues

Epilepsy: Patient and Family Guide, 3rd Edition is an authoritative, go-to resource for all aspects of life with epilepsy.

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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics

"An excellent source of accurate and insightful information on epilepsy." — Eric R. Hargis, President and CEO, Epilepsy Foundation

"A most valuable resource for anyone affected by epilepsy." — Oliver Sacks, M.D.

Le Journal Canadien des Sciences Neurologiques
"An excellent source of accurate and insightful information on the medical aspects of epilepsy. The book provides valuable information which will enable you to work in collaboration with your neurologist and health care team toward the goal of no seizures and no side effects."--Eric R. Hargis, President and CEO, Epilepsy Foundation

"Dr. Orrin Devinsky is a deeply knowledgeable, sensitive, and caring physician the sort of doctor we would all like to have. He is also one of the world's foremost experts in seizure disorders, and in this most comprehensive edition of his classic book, he brings a wealth of updated information and experience. Clearly and vividly written, a most valuable resource for anyone affected by epilepsy."--Oliver Sacks, MD, Professor of Clinical Neurology and Clinical Psychiatry, Columbia University, Author of Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

"As a parent of a young child with epilepsy, I recommend this book as a starting point for families living with epilepsy."--Warren Lammert, Chairman and Co-Founder of the Epilepsy Therapy Project and epilepsy.com

"This book is comprehensive and up-to-date, and it can be recommended confidently to patients and families."-- Psychiatric Times

"Ideal for the patient and family member who wishes to go beyond what is routinely available in patient education brochures. It is difficult to find any other publication that is so inclusive in regard to the variety of issues facing patients and family members with epilepsy."--Medical Science Books.com

"People with seizure disorders (and their families) need a source of information that is readable, reliable, and credible. This book is such a source of information and it does an excellent job in fulfilling this role." -- Le Journal Canadien des Sciences Neurologiques

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932603415
  • Publisher: Demos Medical Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 12/21/2007
  • Edition description: Third
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 393
  • Sales rank: 714,332
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Orrin Devinsky, MD, is a professor of neurology, neurosurgery, and psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine, and director of the NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Centers and the Saint Barnabas Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery (INN). He has published widely in epilepsy, with more than 250 articles and chapters and more than 20 books and monographs. He is currently on the board of the National Epilepsy Foundation. He is co-editor of epilepsy.com, and the journals Epilepsy and Behavior and Reviews in Neurological Diseases.
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Table of Contents

Part One: Medical Aspects of Epilepsy
Facts about Epilepsy
The Brain and Epilepsy
Seizures
Epileptic Syndromes
An Overview of Epilepsy
Seizure-Provoking Factors
Part Two: Diagnosis and Treatment of Epilepsy
The Health Care Team
Making the Diagnosis of Epilepsy
First Aid for Seizures
Drugs used against Epilepsy
Surgical Therapy
Other Therapies
Part Three: Living with Epilepsy
Living with Epilepsy
Epilepsy and Children
Pregnancy and Menopause
Parenting by People with Epilepsy
Employment for People with Epilepsy
Mental Health of Adults with Epilepsy
Epilepsy in the Elderly
Part Four: Legal and Financial Issues in Epilepsy
Legal Rights of People with Epilepsy
Insurance and Government Assistance
Part Five: Resources for People with Epilepsy
The Epilepsy Foundation
Other Resources
Toward a Cure for Epilepsy
Glossary of Terms
Glossary of Drugs used against Epilepsy
Drug Interactions
Resources for People with Epilepsy
References and Suggested Reading
Index
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