by Richard E. Appleton, MA, FRCP, Andrew Nicholson, MD, MRCP, David W. Chadwick, DM, FRCP, James M. Mackenzie, MBChB(Edin), and David F. Smith, MD, MRCP, 155 pp, with illus, $75, ISBN 1-84214-027-2, Taylor & Francis, Boca Raton, Fla, 2007.
It was my pleasure to review the second edition of an Atlas of Epilepsy. The first edition appeared in 1998 and provided an exhaustive and brilliantly illustrated introduction to epilepsy, its evaluation, its mechanisms, and treatment. It remains one of my favorite epilepsy texts, mainly because it is the only one I can comfortably read cover to cover without losing interest. With this second edition, Appleton and Nicholson have updated much of the information, including current references, as recent as 2005, and added discussions of epilepsy surgery including treatment devices, such as vagus nerve and deep brain stimulators; newer medication tables and their adverse effects; and evaluation tools, such as functional magnetic resonance imaging and positron emission tomography and SISCOM scanning.