Seizures and Epilepsy in Childhood: A Guide

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The award-winning Seizures and Epilepsy in Childhood is the standard resource for parents in need of comprehensive medical information about their child with epilepsy. Now in its third edition, this highly praised book has been thoroughly revised and updated to reflect the latest approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy in childhood, including the use of the ketogenic diet as a treatment for children who either do not respond to traditional drug therapy or who ...

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Overview

The award-winning Seizures and Epilepsy in Childhood is the standard resource for parents in need of comprehensive medical information about their child with epilepsy. Now in its third edition, this highly praised book has been thoroughly revised and updated to reflect the latest approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy in childhood, including the use of the ketogenic diet as a treatment for children who either do not respond to traditional drug therapy or who suffer intolerable side effects from medications.

In addition to providing up-to-date information about new diagnostic techniques as well as new drugs, diet, and surgical treatments, the authors have included a chapter addressing routine health care for children with epilepsy and a new chapter on complementary and alternative therapies. Also new to this edition are discussions of the progress made in the evaluation for surgery, a chapter on insurance issues, and a section detailing additional resources.

"No child's life should be defined by seizures. If we understand how the brain works, what happens during seizures, and how to cope with epilepsy, we can overcome the mythology of epilepsy and fight society's prejudices, allowing every child with epilepsy to reach his or her full potential."—From Seizures and Epilepsy in Childhood

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

National Spokesman
Combines a detailed description of the medical nature and treatment of epilepsy in children with an extensive discussion of the psychological aspects as well... Optimistic in tone and broad in scope, this is a book for the parent who has a lot of detailed questions.
Humane Medicine
The book is rich in substance and detail. There is a warm, compassionate tone. At the same time, there are no-nonsense facts and figures. The authors achieve two important objectives: providing up-to-date information and conveying a sense of optimism and hope.
Washington Post
A helpful book... Discusses most concerns that parents of children with epilepsy have.

— Jay Siwek, M.D.

Washington Post - Jay Siwek
A helpful book... Discusses most concerns that parents of children with epilepsy have.
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Paula M Cotruta, M.D.(University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is an excellent reference for the public, both parents of children with epilepsy and for patients with epilepsy. It addresses not only diagnosis and treatment but also deals in detail with coping and living with epilepsy.
Purpose: The book is an approach to seizures and epilepsy written for the public, but it also is helpful for medical students, nurses, and general practitioners. The book is needed, given the many implications of this condition in a person's life, and given the fact that these questions are sometimes incompletely addressed during a regular doctor visit. The book meets the author's objectives.
Audience: It is written for the general public, medical students, nurses, general practitioners.
Features: The book covers seizures, epilepsy, treating epilepsy, and living with it. I found particularly useful the differentiation between being epileptic and having a seizure, also the information about the current diagnostic methods used (CT, EEG, MRI, blood tests). A unique feature of this book is the detailed approach of living with epilepsy.
Assessment: This a thorough look at epilepsy aimed at the general public. It educates parents on the diverse field of childhood epilepsy.
Eric R. Hargis
This remarkable book has been empowering parents with vital information for more than ten years, and the new edition promises to do the same. It is committed to making parents active partners in their children's care and will be a vital resource for families everywhere.
Seizures and Epilepsy in Childhood
No child's life should be defined by seizures. If we understand how the brain works, what happens during seizures, and how to cope with epilepsy, we can overcome the mythology of epilepsy and fight society's prejudices, allowing every child with epilepsy to reach his or her full potential.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801870514
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 11/15/2002
  • Series: A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book Series
  • Edition description: third edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 628,195
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Meet the Author

John M. Freeman, M.D., is Lederer Professor of Pediatric Epilepsy and director of the Pediatric Epilepsy Center at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. Eileen P. G. Vining, M.D., is associate professor of neurology and pediatrics and associate director of the Pediatric Epilepsy Center. Diana J. Pillas is coordinator-counselor at the Pediatric Epilepsy Center and former president of the Epilepsy Foundation of the Chesapeake Region.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Contents:Lits of Figures and Tables

Foreword tothe Third Edition, by Trish Marlow

Foreword to the Second Edition, by Jim Abrahams

Foreword to the First Edition, by Tony Coelho

Preface

AcknowledgementsIntroductionPart One Why do Seizures and Epilepsy Occur?1. How the Brain Works: Understanding Seizures and Why There Are So Many Types

2. The Kinds of Seizure and Where They Arise in the BrainPart Two Diagnosing Seizures and Epilepsy3. How We Diagnose a Seizure and Decide What It Will Mean for Your Child

4. How We Evaluate and Think About the First Seizure

5. Decision Making: Assessing Riskd and Benefits after a Nonfebrile Seizure

6. What to Do during a Second Big Seizure

7. Understanding Your Child's Tests: EEG, CT, and MRI

8. The Epilepsies of Childhood: Special Patterns and CausesPart Three Treating Seizures and Epilepsy9. Medical Treatment of Seizures

10. Status Epilepticus: A Medical Emergency

11. The Outlook for the Child with Seizures

12. The Ketogenic Diet

13. Vitamins, Minerals, and Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Epilepsy

14. Surgical Approaches to EpilepsyPart Four Coping with Epilepsy15. Coping with Seizures and Epilepsy

16. Coping with the Uncertainties of Seizures and Epilepsy: The Power of Positive Thinking

17. Coping with Substantial Handicap: Mental Retardation, Cerebral Palsy, and Difficult-to-Control Seizures

18. Epilepsy as a Psychosocial Disease

19. Counseling: A DialoguePart Five Living with Epilepsy20. School: Learning and Behavior

21. Routine Medical Care and Epilepsy

22. Sports and Epilepsy

Driving and Epilepsy

Marriage, Pregnancy, and Children

25. Support Services and Additional Information for People with Epilepsy and Their Families

26. Insurance and Other Financial IssuesConclusionGlossary

Index

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  • Posted September 10, 2011

    A must read-simple understandable language

    This was recommended to us by a pediatric neurolist when our son started having seizures.
    It is written in clear understandable language. Words you will hear in your doctor's reports are demystified. There are real life examples are various types of seizures, possible causes & treatments included. An understandable read, reading about a disorder affecting your child is never easy, but this one comes close.
    No doom & gloom. No sugar coating. It empowered me with knowledge & analogies for explanations that gave me some sense of control.
    If you haven't visited the epilepsy foundation website you should. Great free materials online.
    Best wishes. Be well.

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