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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 excellent new book covering the psychiatric aspects of epilepsy. Based on a conference held in 1994 and expanded into a textbook, it is a comprehensive review of this fascinating area. Written and edited by internationally recognized experts in the field, this book is a valuable contribution to psychiatry.
Purpose: The purpose is to improve clinicians' understanding and clinical management of the psychiatric aspects of epileptic disorders. The editors believe that it is important to recognize the many ways that epilepsy may affect the individual and its potential psychiatric and psychosocial consequences. This book provides a step towards that purpose.
Audience: The intended audience, according to the editors, is psychiatrists and neurologists who care for patients with epilepsy.
Features: Topics covered include an historical perspective, neural mechanisms, diagnosis, the neuropsychological examination, sleep and seizures, mood disorders, psychoses, diagnosis and treatment of nonepileptic seizures, behavioral effects of antiepileptic drugs, treatment of psychiatric comorbidity, family systems theory, and a chapter on living with epilepsy. There is an up-to-date reference section at the end of each chapter and useful index at the back of the book.
Assessment: This is a valuable and comprehensive new book on the psychiatric aspects of epilepsy. Any clinician who is involved in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with epilepsy should read and refer to this book.