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Partial Seizures and Interictal Disorders.
  1. MARK MANFORD

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    Partial Seizures and Interictal Disorders. Edited by david p moore. (Pp235, £50.00). Published by Butterworth Heinemann, Oxford, 1998. ISBN 0-7506-9931-0.

    Do you find conference dinners a dull ordeal? Fear no longer! You can sparkle with amusing clinical anecdotes taken from this comprehensive collection. Amaze your colleagues with tales of seizure induced religious conversion or of the patient who ate lunch at his work canteen, had an amnestic seizure, and went to eat another one. He obviously didn’t work in the NHS. Tickle them with the patient for whom safety pins triggered a pleasurable aura that he favoured over sexual intercourse. At last I understand the punk movement.

    But what if you want a detailed evaluation of the diagnosis and management of partial seizures and the psychiatric disorders associated with epilepsy? You can find brief chapters adequately covering these issues, but you can read about them in any one of several previous volumes on the subject or in the big, bulky text of epilepsy you use on hot summer days to hold the door open. In this book you can learn about the patient who sang rap music during her seizure—no doubt now residing on Sunshine Boulevard. Or the woman who experienced sexual arousal during her seizures and made excessive demands of her husband until a parietal tumour was removed (from her).

    The cases in this book are collected from a wide search of the literature and start with the famous Dr Z. They include ictal and interictal manifestations and are totally delightful. They make this book a good read. These bizarre mental manifestations of epilepsy provide an opportunity to explore mind-brain relations that is sadly missed by the author. Some controversial issues are covered, such as ictal violence, but if you want a detailed clinical manual, look elsewhere. As a source of anecdotal cases for lectures, this book is ideal.

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