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Diagnosis and Treatment of Epilepsy
A. James Rowan
Psychiatric Services 1983; doi:
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Veterans Administration Medical Center, 130 West Kingsbridge Road, Bronx, New York 10468

1983 by the American Psychiatric Association

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Epilepsy, one ofthe oldest identif ied neurological disorders, is now recognized as a major public health problem affecting about 1 percent of the population. The author d: fferentiates between two major types of the disorder, the generalized and partial epilepsies, and describes d: fferent kinds of seizures in epileptic patients. The improved ability of the clinician to diagnose the disorder through use of elect roencephalography, intensive monitoring, and CT scan is highlighted. The author concludes with a discussion of the major drugs used to control seizures, their biological half-lives, side effects, and how they interact with other antiepileptic drugs.

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