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Neuropsychological Aspects of Childhood Epilepsy

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The period of modern research in epilepsy often is dated to J. Hughlings Jackson’s conceptualization of the epileptic seizure as a sudden and violent discharge of brain cells (Dreifus, 1975), an explanation which is essentially the same as that used today. With the introduction and common use of the electroencephalograph (EEG) in 1929 (Millikan, 1976), the ability to study seizure activity more directly was greatly advanced. As a result of the development and use of anticonvulsant medications since World War II (“Epilepsy,” 1980), as well as comprehensive investigations into the psychosocial (Bagley, 1971; Dodrill et al., 1980) and vocational (Hedgeman, 1978) aspects of individuals with epilepsy, our understanding of this condition has increased significantly.

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Status Epilepticus Epileptic Seizure Temporal Lobe Epilepsy Partial Seizure Ketogenic Diet 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of NeurologyMedical College of GeorgiaAugustaUSA
  2. 2.Cuyahoga Special Education Service CenterClevelandUSA

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