Epilepsy is, after headache, the second most common neurological disorder. This book clarifies the many courses of action to take in treating patients with epilepsy. It presents current knowledge about seizures and epilepsy in a comprehensive, socially conscious, and clear manner. The editors have provided this information in a comprehensive, easy-to-use, and practical form.

This short, simple pedagogical guide to the diagnosis and management of epilepsy is an important reference work for all medical schools, hospitals, clinics, and primary care centers.

Key Features

  • This book integrates the latest research into essential reviews on:
  • Initial management of patients with seizures
  • Neuroradiological evaluation of epilepsy
  • Psychosocial aspects of epilepsy
  • Neuropsychologic problems associated with epilepsy
  • Psychiatric disorders
  • Diagnosis and treatment of status epilepticus
  • Nonepileptic seizures
  • Ambulatory EEG monitoring
  • Epilepsy surgery
  • Endocrine aspects of partial seizures
  • Epilepsy in the elderly


Neurologists and neurogically-oriented primary care physicians and nurse practitioners; professionals in the pharmaceutical industry; some surgery clinicians; medical school libraries and book stores

Table of Contents

S.C. Schachter and D.L. Schomer, Preface. G.L. Holmes, Classification of Seizures and the Epilepsies. G. Schlaug, Radiographic Assessment of Patients with Epilepsy. S.C. Schachter, Treatment of Seizures. O. Devinsky, Definition and Overview of Intractable Epilepsy. P.O. Shafer and E. Salmanson, Psychosocial Aspects of Epilepsy. P. Hayashi and M. OConnor, Neuropsychologic Assessment and Application to Temporal Lobe Epilepsy. J. Holzerand D. Bear, Psychiatric Considerations in Patients with Epilepsy. F. Drislane, Status Epilepticus. A.J. Rowan, Diagnosis and Management of Nonepileptic Seizures. J. Ives, Ambulatory EEG Monitoring: Technology and Uses. H. Blume, Epilepsy Surgery-Cortical Excisions and Callosal Sections. P. Klein and A.G. Herzog, Endocrine Aspects of Partial Seizures. E.B. Broomfield, Epilepsy and the Elderly. D.L. Schomer, Guide to Epilepsy Centers.


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About the authors

Steven C. Schachter

Affiliations and Expertise

Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

Donald Schomer

Affiliations and Expertise

Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.


"This book, in its chapters in a short comprehensive way provideds a practical guidance, is intended for the general physician and general pediatrician to diagnose and manage patients with epilepsy as well as other problems associated to epilipsy. Since many general hospitals and community health centers do not have a trained neurologist, this book will be of great help to general practitioners." --Dr. Saad Al Shahwan, Riyadh Armed Forces Hospital, 1998