This new third edition is an outstanding contribution to the armoury of the family physician and, indeed the training neurologist. Not only is this text invaluable as a succinct and practical aid to diagnosis and subsequent treatment of a wide range of seizure disorders, it is also an excellent teaching tool. This book includes a new section on the principles of antiepileptic drug (AED) selection with the very latest information on available drugs. A new chapter covers the psychiatric morbidities and social aspects of the disorder. The updated chapter on non-pharmacological management includes the latest information on the ketogenic diet and alternative medicine. It explains our current understanding of the genetics that underpin the mechanisms of neuronal excitation and inhibition. It includes new information specific to women with epilepsy.
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Martin J Brodie, MB ChB MRCP MD FRCP, Director, Epilepsy Unit, Division of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, Western Infirmary, Glasgow, UK, Patrick Kwan, MD PhD, Associate Consultant and Honorary Associate Professor, Division of Neurology, Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, Hong Kong and Steven C Schachter, MS MD FAAN, Director of Research, Department of Neurology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USAReview:
'This book reviews the treatment, epidemiology and unique clinical aspects of epilepsy. It does an excellent job of providing a concise teaching tool on the topic. It provides a painless, enjoyable and comprehensive review for the primary physician'. --American Family Physician
'This handy and compact guide to epilepsy is an excellent resource for the layperson and makes medical facts accessible and understandable. The motto of the "Fast Facts" health series is "Imagine if every time you wanted to know something you knew where to look" and the presentation and layout is geared to quick and easy reference. Subjects are colour coded and easy to find. This is one of the major strengths of this book, along with the updated sections on new advances in genetics and testing, surgery options, additional information on seizure types, and non pharmacological management of seizures. The latter includes sections on the ketogenic diet and alternative medicine. This book is moderately priced and highly recommended.' --Australian Epilepsy Foundation (Victoria Branch)
'...the sort of publication that anyone willing to take the time to study the condition of epilepsy will gain enormous benefit from. It packs a load of information into just 138 pages and is, at this point in time, easily the most up-to-date book on current antiepileptic drugs.' --Mike Glynn, President, International Bureau for Epilepsy
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