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From The CriticsReviewer: Joseph I Sirven, MD (Mayo Clinic Arizona)
Description: This is a summary of the best evidence available for the diagnosis and management of patients with epilepsy. The topics are of interest to practicing clinicians and include the issues that patients most often inquire about.
Purpose: The editor summarizes the purpose of the book, stating that it is intended as a reference "to provide physicians caring for patients with epilepsy with the available evidence to support the diagnostic and treatment decisions that are frequently made in clinical practice together with an assessment of the strength of the supporting published evidence." These meritorious objectives are clearly met.
Audience: It is written for practitioners who frequently manage patients with epilepsy, by an assortment of experts in the field.
Features: The 13 chapters cover topics that are of significant interest to both patients and physicians, yet are rarely covered by other books, ranging from exercise and epilepsy to death. The result is a well-executed yet concise articulation of the best evidence to help guide clinicians on how best to help their patients with epilepsy.
Assessment: This is an excellent addition to any epilepsy book library. Moreover, it is essential for all clinicians given the wealth of information that it contains. I can easily see using this reference in daily practice.