Epilepsy in Clinical Practice

Epilepsy in Clinical Practice

SKU# 9781888799347

A Case Study Approach

Author: Andrew N. Wilner MD, FACP, FAAN



"More than 2 million Americans suffer from seizures. Each year, almost 200,000 people experience a seizure for the first time and approximately 100,000 require hospital admissions. The majority of these patients receive care from primary care physicians and general neurologists.

Epilepsy in Clinical Practice: A Case Study Approach highlights dramatic diagnostic and therapeutic advances that impact upon the medical care of patients with epilepsy. Computerized imaging studies, new and improved medications, refined brain surgery techniques, increased experience with the ketogenic diet, and the Food and Drug Administration approval of the vagal nerve stimulator have elevated the state of the art. Medical decision making has correspondingly increased in complexity. This book lends clarity and confidence to the practical management of patients with seizures.

For easy accessibility to key information, the book is organized into two sections. Management approaches to epilepsy are reviewed through a series of case studies that present the most common problems seen in clinical practice. This is followed by extensive appendices that include tables, charts, and checklists, web sites for physicians and patients, state driving regulations, summer camps for children with epilepsy, local affiliates of the Epilepsy Foundation, contact telephone numbers for pharmaceutical companies, and numerous other resources."

Product Details 

  • Publication Date November 01, 2000
  • Page Count 270
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9781888799347
  • EISBN 9781617050329

Table of Contents 

Case Studies: The First Seizure; Intractable Epilepsy; Stopping Antiepileptic Medications; Epilepsy and Medications; Epilepsy and Pregnancy; Rash; Epilepsy and Psychiatric Disease; Epilepsy in the Elderly; Seizures and Alcohol; Generalized Convulsive Status Epilepticus; Nonepileptic Seizures; Alternative Therapy.

Editorial Review(s) 

"... an excellent introduction for Neurology trainees who are looking for a guide to the management of patients with epilepsy... teach[es] you how to look after patients." -- Epilepsia

"Accomplished medical teachers often bundle medical knowledge with interesting case studies... Andrew Wilner has managed to adapt this traditionally oral teaching method to a book format. In doing so, he has created a distinctive learning experience for clinicians, which bridges the gap between textbooks and clinical practice by merging theoretical concepts with practical management decisions... Epilepsy in Clinical Practice: A Case Study Approach breaks ground with a unique approach to medical education and will likely be emulated in other therapeutic areas. It should not only be read by medicine and neurology residents, primary care physicians, emergency room physicians, nurses, and neurologists, but it should be consulted before turning to more traditional neurology and epilepsy textbooks because it will help the reader use didactic information more efficiently...Above all, it will enable clinicians to more effectively care for their patients with epilepsy."-- Medscape General Medicine Journal