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The treatment of epilepsy, 2nd edition
  1. R W Newton

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Edited by Simon Shorvon, David Fish, Edwin Dodson, Emilio Perucca. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2004, £150.00 (hardback), pp 952. ISBN 0632060468

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With recent studies showing that paediatricians make a diagnostic error in up to one in three children where epilepsy is considered (for none too complacent paediatric neurologists it is one in 15), it is a relief to know that there are texts available that might remedy the situation. As I eagerly turned its leaves, however, the realisation dawned that this book may not offer the whole cure. The first edition preface commended the text to “specialists in” … neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry, paediatrics, alienist medicine (have they landed already and why were …

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