Epilepsy affects about one person in 100, and it can start at any age. Seizures may strike often, or almost never. Attacks take many different forms, from violent convulsions and unconsciousness to flickers of 'absence' as brief as a passing thought. What, then, is epilepsy? What does it do to your life, and what options do you have? Epilepsy and Seizures explains what we know today about this unpredictable disorder, and gives detailed, practical advice on living with it. How to recognize different kinds of epilepsy; How and why the brain produces various patterns; What diagnostic tests and procedures are used; How drugs can help - or harm; When surgery makes sense; Epilepsy in pregnancy, childhood and old age. Comprehensive and up-to-date, complete with illustrations, case studies and a resource list, Epilepsy and Seizures is your guide to managing a complex and often frustrating disorder.
Donald Weaver, Professor of Neurology and Professor of Chemistry, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, is director of the university's Epilepsy Clinic. He is the recipient of the British League against Epilepsy's International Gower's Award.