Epilepsy: Patient and Family Guide / Edition 2

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Overview

"This book is comprehensive and up-to-date, and it can be recommended confidently to patients and families." -- May 2004 issue of 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, Volume 29, No. 4, November 2002

Vincent Van Gogh is an inspiration for all of us. His artwork -- like the beautiful sunflowers on the cover -- is a constant reminder of how he fulfilled his potential despite living with epilepsy. So can you.

Epilepsy expert, Dr. Orrin Devinsky, provides an easy-to-read guide to understanding the disease so that patients can achieve — and maintain — a higher quality of life.

This book will educate recently-diagnosed patients, as well as those who have been living with epilepsy for years.

Arm your patients with reliable and factual knowledge about epilepsy, dispel uncertainties and fears, build independence, and help patients become their own advocates.Ideal for adults with epilepsy or for parents of children with the disorder, the reader will learn about:

  • The nature and diversity of seizures.
  • The factors that can cause seizures or help to prevent them.
  • The risks and benefits of selected anticonvulsants.
  • Medical and surgical therapies for seizures.
  • Various ways diet affects seizures.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803604988
  • Publisher: F. A. Davis Company
  • Publication date: 12/31/2001
  • Series: The Pain Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 434
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Orrin Devinsky is Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry at 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, Epilepsy and Behavior, and Reviews in Neurological Diseases.
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Table of Contents

I: Medical Aspects of Epilepsy

1. Facts About Epilepsy

2. The Brain and Epilepsy

3. Seizures

4. Epileptic Syndromes

5. An Overview of Epilepsy

6. Seizure-Provoking Factors

II: Diagnosis and Treatment of Epilepsy

7. The Health Care Team

8. Making the Diagnosis of Epilepsy

9. First Aid for Seizures

10. Principles of Drug Therapy

11. Drugs Used Against Epilepsy

12. Surgical Therapy

13. Other Therapies

III: Epilepsy in Children

14. Epilepsy in Infancy

15. Epilepsy in Childhood

16. Epilepsy in Adolescence

17. Outgrowing Epilepsy

18. Intellectual and Behavioral Development

19. Telling Children and Others About Epilepsy

20. Living an Active Life

21. Education of Children with Epilepsy

22. Mental Handicap and Cerebral Palsy

23. After the Parents Are Gone

IV: Epilepsy in Adults

24. Living with Epilepsy

25. Pregnancy and Menopause

26. Parenting by People with Epilepsy

27. Employment for People with Epilepsy

28. Mental Health of Adults with Epilepsy

29. Epilepsy in the Elderly

V: Legal and Financial Issues in Epilepsy

30. Legal Rights of People with Epilepsy

31. Insurance and Government Assistance

VI: Resources for People with Epilepsy

32. The Epilepsy Foundation

33. Other Resources

34. Toward a Cure for Epilepsy

Appendices: Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Drugs Used Against Epilepsy

Drug Interactions

Resources for People with Epilepsy

References and Suggested Readings

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