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lecture notes

This is the fifteenth edition of the lecture notes. They were first published in 1987 as a summary of the material used in the biannual epilepsy teaching weekend organised under the auspices of the UK Chapter of the International League against Epilepsy.

From channels to commissioning - a practical guide to epilepsy

Edited by FJ Rugg-Gunn and JE Smalls

Section one - introduction

Chapter 1 - The incidence and prevalence of epilepsy (pdf)
A Neligan and JW Sander

Chapter 2 - Classification and terminology to organise seizures and epilepsies (pdf)
MP Richardson, DW Chadwick and T Wehner

Section two - basic science

Chapter 3 - Basic mechanisms of epilepsy (pdf)
JGR Jefferys

Chapter 4 - Neuropathology of epilepsy (pdf)
M Thom 

Chapter 5 - Genetics of the epilepsies (pdf)
MR Johnson

Section three - the spectrum of epilepsy

Chapter 6 - Neonatal seizures (pdf)
RM Pressler

Chapter 7 - Severe paediatric epilepsy syndromes (pdf)
CD Ferrie

Chapter 8 - Febrile convulsions - a practical guide (pdf)
CM Verity 

Chapter 9 - Benign childhood seizure susceptibility syndromes (pdf)
M Koutroumanidis and CP Panayiotopoulos

Chapter 10 - The significance of the syndromic diagnosis of the epilepsies (pdf)
CP Panayiotopoulos and M Koutroumanidis

Chapter 11 - Idiopathic generalised epilepsies (pdf)
M Koutroumanidis 

Chapter 12 - Adult onset epilepsies (pdf)
FJ Rugg-Gunn

Chapter 13 - Temporal lobe epilepsy (pdf)
B Diehl and JS Duncan

Chapter 14 - Frontal lobe epilepsy (pdf)
B Diehl, SM Sisodiya and M Manford

Chapter 15 - Occipital and parietal lobe epilepsies (pdf)
JS Duncan

Chapter 16 - Psychiatric disorders in epilepsy (pdf)
J Foong

Section four - differential diagnosis

Chapter 17 - Non-epileptic paroxysmal neurological and cardiac events: the differential diagnosis of epilepsy (pdf)
FJ Rugg-Gunn

Chapter 18 - Epilepsy and sleep (pdf)
SH Eriksson

Chapter 19 - Diagnosis and management of dissociative seizures (pdf)
JDC Mellers

Section five - investigations

Chapter 20 - Neurophysiological investigation of epilepsy (pdf)
SJM Smith and RP Kennett

Chapter 21 - Neuroimaging of the epilepsies (pdf)
FJ Rugg-Gunn

Chapter 22 - Neuropsychology - testing the brain (pdf)
SA Baxendale 

Chapter 23 - Investigation of seizures in infants (pdf)
RE Appleton and A McLellan

Chapter 24 - Investigation of progressive neurological impairment in children with epilepsy (pdf)
JH Cross and A McLellan

Section six - medical treatment of epilepsy 

Chapter 25 - Mechanisms of action of antiepileptic drugs (pdf)
GJ Sills

Chapter 26 - Starting antiepileptic drug treatment (pdf)
MJ Jackson

Chapter 27 - Managing refractory epilepsy (pdf)
A Nicolson, JP Leach and FJ Rugg-Gunn

Chapter 28 - Overview of established antiepileptic drugs (pdf)
JW Sander

Chapter 29 - New antiepileptic drugs (pdf)
JW Sander

Chapter 30 - Drug treatment of paediatric epilepsy (pdf)
RE Appleton and JH Cross

Chapter 31 - Pharmacokinetic interactions between antiepileptic drugs (pdf)
PN Patsalos

Chapter 32 - Stopping antiepileptic drug treatment (pdf)
JW Sander

Chapter 33 - Treatment of tonic-clonic status epilepticus (pdf)
MC Walker and SD Shorvon

Chapter 34 - Treatment of non-convulsive status epilepticus (pdf)
MC Walker

Chapter 35 - Non-pharmacological treatments for epilepsy: the case for and against complementary and alternative medicines (pdf)
SA Baxendale

Section seven - outcome

Chapter 36 - The prognosis of epilepsy (pdf)
A Neligan and JW Sander

Chapter 37 - The mortality of epilepsy (pdf)
A Neligan and GS Bell 

Chapter 38 - Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (pdf)
FJ Rugg-Gunn

Chapter 39 - Psychosocial outcome (pdf)
PJ Thomson

Chapter 40 - Bone health in epilepsy (pdf)
HR Cock

Section eight - special groups 

Chapter 41 - Epilepsy and learning disability (pdf)
M Kerr

Chapter 42 - Epilepsy in adolescence (pdf)
FMC Besag

Chapter 43 - Epilepsy and seizures in geriatric practice (pdf)
JW Sander

Chapter 44 - Epilepsy and women (pdf)
JJ Craig and E Campbell

Section nine - surgical treatment of epilepsy

Chapter 45 - Pre-operative evaluation and outcome of surgical treatment of epilepsy (pdf)
MC Walker and DR Fish

Chapter 46 - Presurgical evaluation and outcome of epilepsy surgery in childhood (pdf)
JH Cross

Chapter 47 - Methods of epilepsy surgery (pdf)
AW McEvoy and WJF Harkness

Chapter 48 - Vagus nerve stimulation (pdf)
R Selway and L Nashef

Chapter 49 - Outcome of surgery (pdf) 
MC Walker and DR Fish 

Section ten - social aspects 

Chapter 50 - The patient's viewpoint (pdf)
S Usiskin

Chapter 51 - Epilepsy clinic counselling (pdf)
S Usiskin

Chapter 52 - Counselling for epilepsy surgery (pdf)
 S Usiskin

Chapter 53 - Employment (pdf)
GA Baker

Chapter 54 - Driving (pdf)
JS Duncan

Chapter 55 - Epilepsy and the law (pdf)
P Fenwick

Chapter 56 - Medico-legal aspects of epilepsy (pdf)
JS Duncan

Section eleven - provision of care

Chapter 57 - Provision of clinical services for people with epilepsy (pdf)
GS Bell

Chapter 58 - The role of the voluntary organisations in epilepsy (pdf)
A Cleaver 

Chapter 59 - Social work support in the community (pdf)
SA Garrett-Smith