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by HV Srinivas
Epilepsy has been considered as an illness of the brain by Hippocrates 400 years before Christ, there are still myths and misconceptions surrounding this brain disorder, not only in developing countries but also even in industrially advanced Western countries. It is a common neurological disorder affecting almost 1% of the population. It is impossible for a neurologist to see every patient with epilepsy. More importantly, there is absolutely no need for a neurologist to be involved with every case. With the available antiepileptic drugs, today, epilepsy is eminently treatable in 75–80% of patients. The book “Manual of Epilepsy: Medical Management and Social Aspects” is a welcome addition in the field of neurology/epileptology. The specialty of the book is its emphasis on clinical management with salient features for the diagnosis and differentiation of epileptic seizures and epilepsies. The book is divided into two chapters: Chapter 1—Medical aspects of epilepsy, which deals with diagnosis and management and Chapter 2—Social aspects of epilepsy, which deals with education, employment, marriage, etc. The social aspect is usually forgotten by medical professionals and hence, the important message is not conveyed to the patients and the caregivers. Chapter 2 compiled several questions, which have been asked by patients, with their answers. This book will help to dispel some of the myths even among the medical fraternity.
|1. Srinivas HV||Agadi Hospital and Sagar Hospital, Bengaluru; Narayana Institute of Neurosciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India|
|Chapter-01 Epilepsy: Medical Aspects||1-67|
|Chapter-02 Epilepsy: Social Aspects||68-96|
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