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A Patient and Family Guide: Third Edition


Orrin Devinsky

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Epilepsy is the most common neurologic disorder in children, adults, and the elderly, affecting over 2.7 million people in the United States. Every year almost 200,000 people will be diagnosed with epilepsy and will face drastic lifestyle changes but a proper understanding of epilepsy is the first step toward managing this disease and living life to the fullest.

Epilepsy: Patient and Family Guide, 3rd Edition offers a comprehensive and authoritative discussion of epilepsy for the patient. Written by a leading expert in the field, this extensively updated third edition incorporates many comments and suggestions from real patients and their families. This guide will answer commonly asked questions about epilepsy, dispel uncertainties and fears, and encourage those diagnosed with epilepsy to become strong advocates in their medical care.

Ideal for patients or parents of children with epilepsy, this book discusses:

  • The nature and diversity of seizures
  • The factors that can cause or prevent seizures
  • The most current information about all antiepileptic drugs
  • Medical, surgical, and alternative therapies for seizures
  • Legal, financial, and employment issues

Epilepsy: Patient and Family Guide, 3rd Edition is an authoritative, go-to resource for all aspects of life with epilepsy."

Product Details

  • Publication Date December 21, 2007
  • Page Count 408
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9781932603415

About The Author(s)

Dr. Orrin Devinsky MD

Orrin Devinsky, MD, is Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine, and Director of the NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Centers and the Saint Barnabas Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery (INN). He has published widely in epilepsy, with more than 250 articles and chapters and more than 20 books and monographs. He is currently on the board of the national Epilepsy Foundation. He is co-editor of epilepsy.com, Epilepsy and Behavior, and Reviews in Neurological Diseases.

Table of Contents

Part One: Medical Aspects of Epilepsy
Facts about Epilepsy
The Brain and Epilepsy
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