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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Vijaya Patil, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: There are many situations in the management of patients with epilepsy where a physician is at a loss and does not have specific answers. These situations are, with the current state of knowledge, extremely puzzling and they tend to generate a lot of controversy in their management. This book is a practical review of the issues related to the diagnosis and management of complex and controversial issues in caring for patients with epilepsy for which there are no easy answers.
Purpose: The editors hope that readers will use the knowledge contained in this book to identify and tackle the clinical problems encountered in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with epilepsy. These are extremely worthy objectives. They have succeeded in their efforts to portray a practical approach to difficult problems, using their combined experience.
Audience: According to the editors, this book is intended for physicians who treat epileptic patients. It is especially useful for neurologists and epileptologists, both seasoned physicians and those in training.
Features: Comprehensive discussions are included on the controversial issues related to the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy. There are chapters devoted to the differential diagnosis of epilepsy, age-related diagnostic issues, and diagnosis of associated behavioral disabilities. With the ongoing achievements in the understanding of this disease, and with the introduction of new treatment options for seizures, this second edition includes a series of chapters devoted to the treatment and challenges of epilepsy. Approaches to seizure treatment are extensively covered and current controversies are exposed and weighed. The references are exhaustive and current. Experts from around the world explain their approaches to managing the clinical issues of epilepsy. The summary at the end of each chapter is a succinct description of the salient features of the chapter.
Assessment: This is a useful resource for physicians, especially neurologists and epileptologists, who encounter difficult clinical problems in epileptic patients. This book is well written and provides an up-to-date, practical review of important issues related to the diagnosis and management of epilepsy.