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Anticonvulsant Drugs.

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Volume I.. Section 19 of International Encyclopedia of Pharmacology and Therapeutics.. Edited by Mercier J.. . 402 pages. Pergamon Press, Inc., Elmsford, New York: , 1973.. Price, 28.50.

Ann Intern Med. 1974;80(3):430. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-80-3-430_2
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Professor Mercier indicates that the purpose of this volume, and of a subsequent one not reviewed here, is to describe the "slow and patient advance" in the treatment of a patient with epilepsy. The volume begins with a subsection by Gastaut on clinical description and pathophysiology of epileptic seizures; in general, this adheres to the classification of epileptic seizures proposed by the International League Against Epilepsy. This is followed by three subsections on the laboratory assessment of drug activity and the chemistry and metabolism of anticonvulsant drugs in animals and man. (The second volume, when published, will cover the mechanisms


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