Seizures and Epilepsy in Childhood: A Guide for Parentsby John M. Freeman, Diana J. Pillas, Vining Eileen P. G.
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
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
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.
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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