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Overview

The award-winning Seizures and Epilepsy in Childhood has already become the standard resource for parents in need of comprehensive medical information about their child with epilepsy. Now 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 drugs, diet, and surgical treatments, the authors have included a new chapter addressing the special needs of children with epilepsy regarding routine health care. And as they did in the book's first edition, the authors encourage children with epilepsy to actively participate in school activities and sports, and stress the importance of helping children with seizures and epilepsy to live as normal a life as possible.

Praise for the first edition, winner of the 1991 Epilepsy Foundation of America's National Book Award

"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 of America

"Optimistic in tone and broad in scope, this is a book for the parent who has a lot of detailed questions."--National Spokesman

"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."--HumaneMedicine

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: 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.
Carol Macmillan
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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
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Written by associates of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions who are also board members of the Epilepsy Foundation of America, this professional guide seeks to dispel fears and myths concerning epilepsy, as well as to help parents better understand the nature of seizures, the diagnosis, and ongoing therapy. The book builds on a tradition of comprehensive care for children with epilepsy and their families begun at Hopkins in the 1930s. Recommended for health sciences collections and public libraries with a demand for this kind of material.-- James Swanton, Albert Einstein Coll. of Medicine, New York
Booknews
Written by specialists from the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, the Guide provides parents with the latest information about diagnosis, treatment, and the possible side effects of treatments, as well as practical advice about medication, decision-making, and risk- taking, which are all part of being the parent of a child with epilepsy. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801854989
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 2/27/1997
  • Series: Health Bks.
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.83 (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 Association of Maryland.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Foreword to the 1997 Edition
Foreword to the First Edition
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 How the Brain Works: Understanding Seizures and Why There Are So Many Types 9
2 How We Diagnose a Seizure and Decide What It Will Mean for Your Child 23
3 How We Evaluate and Think about a First Seizure 36
4 Deicisonmaking: Assessing Risks and Benefits after a Seizure 47
5 What to Do If Your Child Has a Second Big Seizure 54
6 The Kinds of Seizure and Where They Arise in the Brain 61
7 Understanding Your Child's Tests: EEG, CT, and MRI 86
8 The Epilepsies of Childhood: Special Patterns and Causes 111
9 Medical Treatment of Seizures 127
10 Status Epilepticus: A Medical Emergency 151
11 How Long Do Seizures Need to Be Treated? 157
12 Other Approaches to Therapy: Vitamins, Minerals, and the Ketogenic Diet 163
13 Surgical Approaches to Epilepsy 175
14 Coping with Seizures and Epilepsy 195
15 Coping with the Uncertainties of Seizures and Epilepsy: The Power of Positive Thinking 214
16 Coping with Substantial Handicap: Mental Retardation, Cerebral Palsy, Difficult to Control Seizures 223
17 Epilepsy as a Psychosocial Disease 239
18 Counseling: A Dialogue 245
19 School: Learning and Behavior 267
20 Routine Medical Care and Epilepsy 277
21 Sports and Epilepsy 280
22 Driving and Epilepsy 286
23 Marriage, Pregnancy, and Children 290
24 Support Services: The Epilepsy Foundation of America and its Affiliates 297
Conclusion 305
Glossary 307
Index 317
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2002

    Excellent book in laymans terms for parents of a newly diagnosed child

    It is an easy read, with exception of only a few sections. This book really explains in good detail what one might encounter having a child with seizures/epilepsy. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2000

    Seizures and Epilepsy in Kids great book

    I am a young mother and this book helped us figure out what to ask at doctors appointments and what we were in store for...

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