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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, D.O., M.A.(University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is an outstanding second edition of this highly acclaimed book on the neuropsychiatry of epilepsy. The notion that epilepsy and psychopathology have been intimately intertwined goes back centuries. Psychiatrists use antiepileptic medications to treat psychopathology. Inducing seizures as a treatment modality began with Meduna's use of proconvulsive agents and continues today with electroconvulsive therapy, which is still the most effective treatment in psychiatry. In addition, as this book focuses on, patients with epilepsy can develop psychopathology from the overlapping brain damage that leads to seizures, from the effects of epilepsy itself, and from antiepileptic medications. This book, which represents the current state of knowledge of neuropsychiatry of epilepsy, is written and edited by internationally recognized leaders in the field and remains the standard reference on this topic.
Purpose: This book is intended, as stated by the editors, "to enliven the debates surrounding the links between epilepsy and psychiatry," and to alert readers "to the rich possibilities and important clinical implications of the neuropsychiatry of epilepsy."?
Audience: The target audience includes medical students, psychiatry and neurology residents, and any professionals who treat patients with epilepsy. Neuropsychiatrists, neuropsychologists, neurologists, psychiatrists, and behavioral neurologists need to be familiar with the information contained in this exceptional update.
Features: The book is significantly updated with cognitive neuroscience research and addresses many new topics. The chapters cover diagnosis and classification, intellectual disability associated with genetic disorders, the relationship between autistic disorder and epilepsy, subtle cognitive and behavioral effects of epilepsy, dementia and epilepsy, postictal psychopathology, interictal psychopathology, neurobehavioral aspects of frontal and temporal lobe epilepsy, theory of mind, nonepileptic seizures, cognitive/behavioral side effects of antiepileptic medications, antiepileptic medications and suicide, cognitive disorders and antiepileptic medications, psychotropic medication use, epilepsy surgery and psychiatric effects, and brain mechanisms involved in impaired consciousness in epilepsy. This is a scholarly text with pertinent and timely citations of the scientific literature. The index was particularly helpful since I would use this book more as a reference as opposed to reading it cover to cover.
Assessment: The chapter authors and editors have again produced an excellent resource for understanding the relationship between psychiatry and epilepsy. The second edition is even better than the first, and should be required reading for all neurologists and psychiatrists.