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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Yevgenya Kaydanova, MD, PhD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This book contains all the facts about the ketogenic diet, and shares parents' and physicians' treatment experiences in children with ketogenic diet. This edition is completely revised and updated and includes data of new studies and laboratory resources, new and improved menus, and revised instructions for diet calculations. The first edition was published in 1994.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide comprehensive information and to answer the question about ketogenic diet based upon advances in understanding of scientific basis and analysis of clinical data that has taken place in the last decade.
Audience: This book is written for doctors and dietitians who treat children with epilepsy and for parents of children with seizure disorders. It also may be interesting for in neurology and pediatric residents.
Features: This book covers the broad spectrum of seizures related to ketogenic diet including historical overviews, scientific basis of curative effect of ketogenic diet, and practical applications. The best aspect is that it provides detailed and comprehensive guidelines for implementation of ketogenic diet as treatment option for uncontrolled seizure disorders children. The unique features are appendixes that include food databases and critical pathway charts.
Assessment: This is an excellent handbook not only for those physicians and parents who are naive in using the ketogenic diet for the treatment of children with epilepsy, but also for those who are already experienced in this field. All recommendations are made based upon analysis of latest clinical and scientific data. This is definite advantage of this book compared to its previous editions.