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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Carol Macmillan, MD, FRCP (C)(University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This book discusses the pathophysiology of epilepsy, the diagnosis and treatment of seizures, and the effect of epilepsy on children and their families. The second edition of this book updates the original published in 1990.
Purpose: The book was written as a supplement to parents' discussions with their children's physicians, to help parents better understand epilepsy and its treatment, and to help them formulate questions for the physician so that they can be informed participants in their child's care. These are worthy objectives and the book fulfills them superbly.
Audience: This book is intended for parents of children with epilepsy. The authors are members of the comprehensive care clinic for pediatric epilepsy patients at Johns Hopkins University and as such are recognized experts and educators in the field of epilepsy.
Features: The book is well illustrated in black-and-white, and the references are current and pertinent. It is inviting in appearance and is easy to read because of the carefully designed index, generous use of subheadings, and visual marking of important points and clinical vignettes by font changes.
Assessment: This excellent and relevant book will be useful as a primary resource for individual patients and as an educational tool for pediatric neurology nurses and pediatric neurologists. It would be a useful addition to health center bookstores, general bookstores, and parents' libraries. The new edition provides important sections on new investigations and treatment options that have become available since the previous edition was published.