• Massimo Avoli
  • Pierre Gloor
Part of the Readings from the Encyclopedia of Neuroscience book series (REN)


Epilepsy is a disorder of brain function characterized by the episodic recurrence of paroxysmal neurological or behavioral manifestations caused by abnormal synchronous and excessive discharges of large groups of neurons. The ancient Greek word epilepsia literally means “seizure” and the disease itself was probably recognized prior to the development of the earliest civilizations.


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Further reading

  1. Delgado-Escueta AV, Ferendelli JA, Prince DA, eds (1984): Basic mechanisms of the epilepsies. Ann Neurol 16 (suppl)Google Scholar
  2. Jasper HH, Ward AA, Pope A, eds (1969): Basic Mechanisms of the Epilepsies. Boston: Little, BrownGoogle Scholar
  3. Jasper HH, van Gelder N, eds (1983): Basic Mechanisms of Neuronal Hyperexcitability. New York: Allan R LissGoogle Scholar
  4. Magnus O, Lorentz de Haas AM, eds (1974): The Epilepsies: Handbook of Clinical Neurology vol 15, Amsterdam: North Holland PublishingGoogle Scholar
  5. Penfield W, Jasper H (1954): Epilepsy and the Functional Anatomy of the Human Brain. Boston: Little, BrownGoogle Scholar
  6. Schwartzkroin PA, Wheal H, eds (1984): Electrophysiology of Epilepsy. New York: Academic PressGoogle Scholar

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  • Massimo Avoli
  • Pierre Gloor

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