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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Daniel B. Hier, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: Martha Morrell and Kerry Flynn have created a unique and helpful guide to epilepsy aimed specifically at women with seizures.
Purpose: The editors want to address issues that are unique to women with epilepsy, especially with regards to fertility, reproductive health, pregnancy, and contraception.
Audience: This book is aimed primarily at a lay audience of women readers who have epilepsy. However, the quality and depth of the material is quite compelling so that a variety of health professionals (e.g. nurses, social workers) can use this book.
Features: The book consists of 27 well-written contributions by a variety of leading authorities in the field of epilepsy. Major topics include hormones and the brain, reproductive health, safety and legal issues, family planning, pregnancy, and parenting as well as more typical contributions on the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy. The editors have clearly done an excellent job of selecting contributors and editing the book. It has a nice uniform feel to it and the writing is lucid throughout. There are several chapters written by women with epilepsy that are especially insightful and offer intriguing perspectives on the special problems faced by women with epilepsy.
Assessment: This is a well-written, well-edited book that conveys a wealth of useful information to women with epilepsy. The editors and co-authors deserve commendation for the useful reference they have created. The book was written in cooperation with the Women with Epilepsy Initiative of the Epilepsy Foundation, whose goal has been to deliver high quality information about epilepsy to women with this condition.