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Epilepsy: A Patient and Family Guide


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Part One: Medical Aspects of Epilepsy; Facts about Epilepsy; The Brain and Epilepsy; Seizures; Epileptic Syndromes; An Overview of Epilepsy; Seizure-Provoking Factors; Part Two: Diagnosis and Treatment of Epilepsy; The Health Care Team; Making the Diagnosis of Epilepsy; First Aid for Seizures; Drugs used against Epilepsy; Surgical Therapy; Other Therapies;Part Three: Living with Epilepsy; Living with Epilepsy; Epilepsy and Children; Pregnancy and Menopause; Parenting by People with Epilepsy; Employment for People with Epilepsy; Mental Health of Adults with Epilepsy; Epilepsy in the Elderly; Part Four: Legal and Financial Issues in Epilepsy; Legal Rights of People with Epilepsy; Insurance and Government Assistance;Part Five: Resources for People with Epilepsy;The Epilepsy Foundation; Other Resources; Toward a Cure for Epilepsy; Glossary of Terms; Glossary of Drugs used against Epilepsy; Drug Interactions; Resources for People with Epilepsy; References and Suggested Reading; Index

About the Author

Dr. Orrin Devinsky is Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine. He directs the NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, the Staten Island University Hospital Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, and the Saint Barnabas Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery (INN). Dr. Devinsky received his B.S. and M.S. from Yale University, M.D. from Harvard Medical School and interned at Bostons Beth Israel Hospital. He completed neurology training at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and his epilepsy fellowship at the NIH


An excellent source of accurate and insightful information on the medical aspects of epilepsy. The book provides valuable information which will enable you to work in collaboration with your neurologist and health care team toward the goal of no seizures and no side effects. Eric R. Hargis, President and CEO, Epilepsy Foundation

Dr. Orrin Devinsky is a deeply knowledgeable, sensitive, and caring physician the sort of doctor we would all like to have. He is also one of the world's foremost experts in seizure disorders, and in this most comprehensive edition of his classic book, he brings a wealth of updated information and experience. Clearly and vividly written, a most valuable resource for anyone affected by epilepsy.""--Oliver Sacks, MD, Professor of Clinical Neurology and Clinical Psychiatry, Columbia University, Author of Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat""As a parent of a young child with epilepsy, I recommend this book as a starting point for families living with epilepsy.""Warren Lammert, Chairman and Co-Founder of the Epilepsy Therapy Project and

""This book is comprehensive and up-to-date, and it can be recommended confidently to patients and families."" Psychiatric Times""Ideal for the patient and family member who wishes to go beyond what is routinely available in patient education brochures. It is difficult to find any other publication that is so inclusive in regard to the variety of issues facing patients and family members with epilepsy.""Medical Science""People with seizure disorders (and their families) need a source of information that is readable, reliable, and credible. This book is such a source of information C and it does an excellent job in fulfilling this role."" -- Le Journal Canadien des Sciences Neurologiques

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