The Treatment of Epilepsy (2nd Edition)

The Treatment of Epilepsy (2nd Edition)

Simon Shorvon, Institute of Neurology, UCL, London, UK Emilio Perucca, University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy
David Fish, Institute of Neurology, UCL, London, UK
W Dodson, Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, MO, USA

ISBN 0632060468 Illustrated Hardback, $225.00

JANUARY 2004, 992 pages

Epilepsy is a common and important neurological condition, and its treatment has become increasingly complex in recent years. In contrast to many existing large volumes on epilepsy, where the coverage of biology and phenomenology of the condition dominates, this textbook concentrates on the clinical treatment and day-to-day management of epilepsy. The first edition was published in 1996 and has become a standard text in the field. Since then, the science of epilepsy has advanced remarkably, and this second edition has been fully revised to reflect these advances as they relate to treatment, with 28 new chapters, 108 contributors and two new editors.

The primary purpose of the book has however not changed. As before it is to provide a systematic survey of the whole field of contemporary treatment. Medical and surgical therapies are both covered in depth, as are the principles of treatment in different clinical contexts. A deliberately international perspective is taken, and account taken of the changing social and cultural aspects of modern epilepsy practice.

The book is a reference work with a strong practical bias, aiming to guide clinical practice and rational therapy in sometimes difficult decisions involved in successful therapy. This definitive text is a source of reference and assistance for neurologists and neurosurgeons, other clinicians and trainees at all levels who treat patients with epilepsy.

From reviews of the 2nd edition

“The second edition of The Treament of Epilepsy is a vital contribution to the field … The book is highly recommended for anybody who is involed in the ecaluation and medical care of patients with epilepsy.”
Lancet

From reviews of the 1st edition

“The four distinguished editors … deserve to be warmly congratulated on the production of this book … highly recommended … beautifully printed. It is a major contribution to the literature on epilepsy.”
Brain

“I recommend this book. I think it is a splendid achievement and I congratulate the authors, the editors and the publishers.”
British Journal of Neurosurgery

“This book can be recommended to each neurologist, neurosurgeon or physician interested in epilepsy.”
European Neurology

“A ‘must read’ for neurologists in training.”
British Medical Journal

“The book appeals because it combines authority with a style which demonstrates the seriousness with which the editors (and their contributors) have sought to bring epilepsy into the full focus of late-twentieth century clinical neuroscience, and their efforts have been outstandingly successful … This is a fine book written by the experts for those who treat epilepsy.”
Lancet

“Over 800 pages, 63 chapters and over 80 contributors, all of outstanding international status, makes this the definitive book on the subject.”
Journal of Neurological Sciences

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