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.
Seizures and Epilepsy in Childhood: A Guideby John M. Freeman, Eileen P. G. Vining, Diana J. Pillas
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/i>
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
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.
Jay Siwek, M.D.
A helpful book... Discusses most concerns that parents of children with epilepsy have.
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.
What People are saying about this
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.
Eric R. Hargis, President and CEO, Epilepsy Foundation
I have been involved with the epilepsy cause for twenty-three years and I can only say that I have wanted a book like this for a long time. To my knowledge, this is the first book combining complete scientific accuracy with a caregiver's compassion and understanding.
James A. Autry, former chairman of the board, Epilepsy Foundation
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.
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