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Seizures and epilepsy in childhood : a guide
Freeman, John Mark.
Personal Author:
Third edition.
Publication Information:
Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
xxvii, 395 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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RJ496.E6 F7 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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The award-winning Seizures and Epilepsy in Childhood is the standard resource for parents in need of comprehensive medical information about their child with epilepsy. Now in its third edition, 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 new drugs, diet, and surgical treatments, the authors have included a chapter addressing routine health care for children with epilepsy and a new chapter on complementary and alternative therapies. Also new to this edition are discussions of the progress made in the evaluation for surgery, a chapter on insurance issues, and a section detailing additional resources.

"No child's life should be defined by seizures. If we understand how the brain works, what happens during seizures, and how to cope with epilepsy, we can overcome the mythology of epilepsy and fight society's prejudices, allowing every child with epilepsy to reach his or her full potential."--From Seizures and Epilepsy in Childhood

Author Notes

John M. Freeman is Lederer Professor of Pediatric Epilepsy and director of the Pediatric Epilepsy Center at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.

Table of Contents

Lits of Figures and Tables
Foreword tothe Third EditionTrish Marlow
Foreword to the Second EditionJim Abrahams
Foreword to the First EditionTony Coelho
Part 1 Why do Seizures and Epilepsy Occur?
1 How the Brain Works: Understanding Seizures and Why There Are So Many Types
2 The Kinds of Seizure and Where They Arise in the Brain
Part 2 Diagnosing Seizures and Epilepsy
3 How We Diagnose a Seizure and Decide What It Will Mean for Your Child
4 How We Evaluate and Think About the First Seizure
5 Decision Making: Assessing Riskd and Benefits after a Nonfebrile Seizure
6 What to Do during a Second Big Seizure
7 Understanding Your Child's Tests: EEG, CT, and MRI
8 The Epilepsies of Childhood: Special Patterns and Causes
Part 3 Treating Seizures and Epilepsy
9 Medical Treatment of Seizures
10 Status Epilepticus: A Medical Emergency
11 The Outlook for the Child with Seizures
12 The Ketogenic Diet
13 Vitamins, Minerals, and Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Epilepsy
14 Surgical Approaches to Epilepsy
Part 4 Coping with Epilepsy
15 Coping with Seizures and Epilepsy
16 Coping with the Uncertainties of Seizures and Epilepsy: The Power of Positive Thinking
17 Coping with Substantial Handicap: Mental Retardation, Cerebral Palsy, and Difficult-to-Control Seizures
18 Epilepsy as a Psychosocial Disease
19 Counseling: A Dialogue
Part 5 Living with Epilepsy
20 School: Learning and Behavior
21 Routine Medical Care and Epilepsy
22 Sports and Epilepsy
Driving and Epilepsy
Marriage, Pregnancy, and Children
25 Support Services and Additional Information for People with Epilepsy and Their Families
26 Insurance and Other Financial Issues