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Medical Electroencephalography

Walter J. Friedlander, MD
JAMA. 1967;202(4):369. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130170169043.
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Electroencephalography for Anesthesiologists and Surgeons, by Max S. Sadove, Dorothy Becka, and Frederic A. Gibbs, 95 pp, 47 illus, $10, Philadelphia and Toronto: J. B. Lippincott Co., 1967.

Medical Electroencephalography "is designed for physicians who refer patients for electroencephalographic study," and for others "who need to know the clinical implications of electroencephalography." Of the 46 "specific (EEG) abnormalities" that the authors have identified, 32 are illustrated and briefly discussed from the standpoint of age of occurrence, relation to seizures, etiology and, on occasion, even the indications for certain specific medications. Each EEG abnormality is accompanied by a table of 38 "Symptoms and Clinical Disorders" indicating what percent of patients have or do not have this particular EEG abnormality. It might be wondered how useful this material really is since probabilities have limited value in making a clinical diagnosis in a specific case, particularly when the probabilities are often (not invariably)


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