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The Treatment of Epilepsy: Principles and Practices

Peggy J. Copple, MD
Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1994;148(7):769-770. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1994.02170070107027.
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Management of seizures, the most common pediatric neurological problem seen in the office, has changed a good deal in 30 years. From painful and potentially harmful neuroimaging studies and a few anticonvulsants with major side effects, we now have noninvasive neuroimaging procedures, better drugs, referral centers for epilepsy, and surgical treatment, even in young infants.

Wyllie's book reflects these changes and is truly encyclopedic in form. She notes that the idea for the book began during her fellowship to study epilepsy, when she was unable to find a single text on the various basic and clinical aspects of pediatric epileptology. She has succeeded with this "first ever" major text in remedying this deficiency. The book is already a classic; in fact, the only critique might be that most pediatricians managing seizures might feel like the schoolgirl submitting a book report who said, "This book tells me more about cats than


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