Temporal Lobe Epilepsy and the Mind-Brain Relationship: A New Perspective, Volume 76

1st Edition

Editors: Shirley Ferguson
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123736673
eBook ISBN: 9780080469171
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 15th November 2006
Page Count: 168
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Table of Contents

Introduction Phenomenology of Seizures

Clinical Findings in Patients Treated at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, during the 1960?s

Positive experiences Negative experiences The destructive nature of a so-called ?minor seizure? Direct expression of and handling of instinctual needs involving hunger, elimination, sexual and aggressive feelings as a seizure phenomenon or during brain stimulation

Delayed response to an urge for elimination by hallucinatory experience on brain stimulation

Profile view of the patients behavior over periods of weeks and months Alteration of mood may occur with the sign shifted after a seizure. The interictal period Disturbances occasioned by anatomical or functional loss of neurons may result in chronic organic mental impairment of varying magnitude.

Psychotic features


This book is devoted to the surgical treatment of epilepsy and its consequences, and provides an extraordinary perspective on the fascinating question of the relationship between brain and mind. Contrary to the current emphasis on statistics and objectivity, this book is dedicated to understanding the whole person, the life and experiences of the individual. It reports on cutting-edge technical skills provided with a human touch. This book reflects the understanding that the temporolimbic seizure originates in tissue providing the substrate for the emotional life and memory. Finally, it emphasizes the value of clinical research – here, conducted in the course of the diagnosis and surgical treatment of epilepsy – in helping to elucidate the relationship between brain and mind.


Neuroscientists and neurologists.


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About the Editors

Shirley Ferguson Editor