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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 ...
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
— Jay Siwek, M.D.
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
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
Johns Hopkins University Press
Posted September 10, 2011
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.