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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Matthew Hoerth, MD (Mayo Clinic Arizona)
Description: This is the sixth edition of a comprehensive reference on electroencephalography (EEG) and related fields. The previous edition was published in 2005.
Purpose: The purpose of the first edition of 1981 was to provide a "review of the state of affairs in EEG." At the time, clinical applications of EEG were rapidly growing and they continue to grow, evidenced by the need for this sixth edition.
Audience: This is intended as a reference for clinical electroencephalographers. Written by leaders in the field, it goes into appropriate depth on the subject.
Features: As noted in its subtitle, the book covers the basic principles of recording EEGs and how to clinically interpret them, and discusses directly related fields including magnetoencephalography, evoked potentials, and polysomnography. As intended, the book directly addresses issues related to EEG, and is not a surrogate for a comprehensive epilepsy reference.
Assessment: This continues to be the gold standard reference for EEG. The subsequent editions have continued in the tradition of the original publication, reviewing advances in this ever-growing field.