Women with Epilepsy: A Handbook of Health and Treatment Issues

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In this handbook for sufferers, their clinicians, families and friends, Martha Morrell assembles a team of experts to review the special problems faced by women with epilepsy. In many ways epilepsy is a different disease in women than in men, given the biological and gender differences between the two. Epilepsy treatments affect fertility, and can cause pregnancy complications and birth defects, but most of the available drugs have been tested on men. Moreover, hormone effects on seizures are of particular concern to women at puberty, at menopause, and over the menstrual cycle. Many health-care providers are not informed about the unique issues facing women with epilepsy. This book, published in association with the Epilepsy Foundation of America, fills that gap and provides women with epilepsy with the information they need to be effective self-advocates.

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: 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.
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"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." Doody's Review ServiceG

"This book not only covers an important topic, but also draws attention to an area of neurological practice that was, until recently, grossly neglected...Women with Epilepsy deserves the attention of the wide audience for whom it is written." The Lancet

"...a wonderful handbook, long needed in the field. I highly recommend Women with Epilepsy: A Handbook of Health and Treatment Issues to all women with epilepsy as well as to interested healthworkers, neurologists, general practioners, or indeed any physician managing the treatment of women with epilepsy." Annals of Neurology

"The fantasy of conjuring up experts to answer vexing conundrums in medicine is made real in this tidy little paperback. This could well have been titled Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Epilepsy...But Were Afraid to Ask." Psychiatry

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521655415
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I. The Woman with Epilepsy: 1. Introduction Martha J. Morrell; 2. Being a woman with epilepsy Lisa Lindahl; 3. The woman with epilepsy: a historical perspective Orrin Devinsky; 4. Quality of life issues for women with epilepsy Joyce A. Cramer; Part II. Epilepsy Diagnosis and Treatment: 5. The genetics of epilepsy Melodie R. Winawer and Ruth Ottman; 6. Antiepileptic drugs and other treatments for epilepsy Jacqueline A. French; 7. Epilepsy in children and adolescents Patricia Crumine; 8. Non-epileptic seizures Steven C. Schacter; Part III. Hormones and the Brain: 9. Brian differences between men and women Paula Shear; 10. Sex hormones and how they act on the brain Philip A. Schwartzkroin; 11. Epilepsy and the menstrual cycle Patricia O. Shafer and Andrew D. Herzog; 12. Menopause and epilepsy Fariha Abbasi and Allan Krumholz; Part IV. Health Challenges for Women with Epilepsy: 13. Reproductive health Martha J. Morrell; 14. Sexual dysfunction in epilepsy Martha J. Morrell; 15. Bone health in women with epilepsy Robert Marcus; 16. Psychiatric complications in epilepsy Laura Marsh; Part V. Family Planning, Pregnancy and Parenting: 17. Family planning and contraceptive choice Pamela Crawford; 18. Obstetrical health and risk of birth defects Mark Yerby, Aline Derdiarian and Yasser Y. El-Sayed; 19. Neurocognitive outcome in children of mothers with epilepsy Kimford J. Meador; 20. Parents with epilepsy Mimi Callanan; Part VI. Living Well with Epilepsy: 21. The impact of epilepsy on relationships Patricia Gibson; 22. Parenting the daughter with epilepsy Joan Kessner Austin and Janet Austin Tooze; 23. Safety issues for women with epilepsy Jeanne Carpenter; 24. Work issues Jim Troxell; Appendix: the Epilepsy Foundation's Campaign for Women's Health Elizabeth A. Borda; Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2003

    Finally! A book that covers all of the issues.

    Dr. Morrell's book not only confirms many things women have felt about their epilepsy. The book covers issues that some women with the seizures may not have associated with the disorder but which are in fact directly related to it. Women with seizure disorders will find useful information they can take to their doctors and comfort in knowing that they're not alone in coping with the many issues that accompany epilepsy. Perhaps the most up to date and informative publication available. And, from a physician whose interests and research have been at the forefront in understanding gender differences in epilepsy's impact on people who have it.

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