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Fast Facts: Epilepsy, Revised 5th edn

By Martin J Brodie,
Steven C Schachter and
Patrick Kwan

Published 2012

144 pages

ISBN 978-1-908541-12-3

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Fast Facts: Epilepsy is a succinct and practical aid to the diagnosis and treatment of seizure disorders. Contents include:

  • The diagnostic essentials - classification of seizures, conditions that can mimic epileptic seizures, clinical evaluation of the patient and the latest brain-imaging techniques
  • The principles of drug selection and therapy withdrawal
  • An up-to-date overview of all 15 antiepileptic drugs on the market
  • The non-pharmacological options for patients with medically refractory epilepsy, including deep brain stimulation
  • Special considerations for women, elderly people, teenagers and people with learning disabilities
  • Psychiatric morbidities - depression, anxiety and psychosis
  • The effects of epilepsy on employment, driving, life insurance and lifestyle.

The management of patients with epilepsy is a team effort involving medical and social service professionals and the patient's family, friends and co-workers. Primary care providers are at the forefront of care, usually performing the initial evaluation after the first seizure, making dose adjustments to the patient's drug treatment and providing ongoing support.

Now in its fifth edition, this ever-popular handbook is a neatly packaged, up-to-date resource for the busy clinician and team, to help investigate, diagnose and successfully treat children and adults with a wide range of seizure disorders.

Contents

  • Epidemiology and prognosis
  • Classification of seizures and syndromes
  • Diagnosis
  • Pharmacological management
  • Antiepileptic drugs
  • Non-pharmacological management
  • Status epilepticus and seizure clusters
  • Specific populations
  • Quality of life
  • Future trends
  • Useful resources

Reviews
"This book is easy to read and equally simple to dip in and out of. I couldn't find anything significant missing, which is amazing for such a relatively small size; it certainly lived up to its title of 'Fast facts'. I would recommend this book to anyone involved in the care of patients with epilepsy."  
 
Dr Karen Lanyon, GP, Primary Care Neurology Society, February 2013

'This book delivers what it promises: key information about epilepsy in a succinct and easy to access way.'
Epilepsy Society (April 2012)

"I'm a support worker, I work with lovely people with epilepsy. This book gives you a great understanding and all the facts about epilepsy ... . I recomend this book to all care staff, support workers and medical staff. Read the front page, 'Fast Facts, Epilepsy', it really is what it says it is ..."  5-star Amazon review, April 2013

... of previous editions
'...an excellent background for general practitioners and general physicians. The real strength in the book is an exceptional section on anticonvulsant drugs...' Medical Journal of Australia on third edition

'This book reviews the treatment, epidemiology and unique clinical aspects of epilepsy. It does an excellent job of providing a concise teaching tool on the topic. It provides a painless, enjoyable and comprehensive review for the primary physician'. American Family Physician

'This handy and compact guide to epilepsy is an excellent resource for the layperson and makes medical facts accessible and understandable. The motto of the "Fast Facts" health series is "Imagine if every time you wanted to know something you knew where to look" and the presentation and layout is geared to quick and easy reference. Subjects are colour coded and easy to find. This is one of the major strengths of this book, along with the updated sections on new advances in genetics and testing, surgery options, additional information on seizure types, and non pharmacological management of seizures. The latter includes sections on the ketogenic diet and alternative medicine. This book is moderately priced and highly recommended.' Australian Epilepsy Foundation (Victoria Branch)

'...the sort of publication that anyone willing to take the time to study the condition of epilepsy will gain enormous benefit from. It packs a load of information into just 138 pages and is, at this point in time, easily the most up-to-date book on current antiepileptic drugs.' Mike Glynn, President, International Bureau for Epilepsy

 

The authors

Martin J Brodie

MB ChB MRCP MD FRCP, Director, Epilepsy Unit, Division of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, Western Infirmary, Glasgow, UK


Steven C Schachter

MS MD FAAN, Director of Research, Department of Neurology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA


Patrick Kwan

MD PhD, Associate Consultant and Honorary Associate Professor, Division of Neurology, Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, Hong Kong


 

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