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Epilepsy and the family : a new guide
Lechtenberg, Richard.
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Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
264 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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RC372 .L38 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
RC372 .L38 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Booklist Review

Despite striking recent advances in the treatment of epilepsy, the disease still leaves many of its sufferers and their families pessimistic and fearful. Lechtenberg seeks to lessen those feelings with a detailed accounting of epilepsy's cause, many and various types, and possible treatments and controls, and by suggesting practical coping methods. The text is easy to read, and frequent tables summarize important material. The most important step in dealing with suspected epilepsy is careful and accurate diagnosis. The physician, the patient, and the patient's family must understand what they are dealing with so that they can handle current and future situations realistically. Lechtenberg demolishes several myths; for example, pointing out that thinking that one can carry out a burglary or murder during a seizure is "ludicrous." He also draws attention to the misuse of confidential information by employers, insurers, governmental agencies, and physicians. This clear and informative book speaks to anyone who is in any way involved with epilepsy. --William Beatty

Library Journal Review

Here, Lechtenberg (neurology, Univ. of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey) updates his 1984 classic on epilepsy, providing new information on the drugs, therapies, and surgical techniques that have been developed in the past 15 years. Personal and family problems caused by epilepsy vary from negligible to devastating, and Lechtenberg addresses coping strategies for the wide range of practical and emotional challenges that seizure disorders can introduce into the lives of patients and their families. Lechtenberg explains the latest pharmaceutical and nonpharmaceutical treatments and the new clinical data on drug combinations and their side effects. Up-to-date statistics for mortality, reproduction, violent behavior, divorce, and suicide are also covered. This authoritative book answers the questions that epileptics and their families may not think to ask their doctors as well as those they may have been too embarrassed or afraid to bring up. For all consumer health collections.James Swanton, Harlem Hosp. Lib., New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

""Do You Believe in Reality?""
News from the Trenches of the Science Wars Circulating Reference
Sampling the Soil in the Amazon Forest Science's Blood Flow
An Example from Joliot's Scientific
Intelligence From Fabrication to Reality
Pasteur and His Lactic Acid Ferment
The Historicity of Things
Where Were Microbes before Pasteur?
A Collective of Humans and Nonhumans
Following Daedalus's Labyrinth
The Invention of the Science Wars
The Settlement of Socrates and Callicles
A Politics Freed f