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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful

Very helpful EEG book

By Frogfoot on February 10, 2010

Format: Hardcover

If you do not want to buy multiple books on EEG and want only one, then this is it. I wish that this book had been written sooner. I am a epilepsy fellow in training and have read many EEG primers and text books including the recommended classics like Hughes, Ebersole , Niedermyer, John's Hopkins atlas, etc...All these books are good but, are dry reading or too voluminous and, at times are difficult to digest at first pass.

On the other hand I really enjoyed reading the Practical Approach to Electroencephalograph by by Mark Libenson M.D. The book is filled with all the information from basic concepts to advanced EEG interpretation written in a vey nice and easy to understand format. The author makes a special effort to simplify and explain the fundamentals and concepts in interpreting the EEG. Ample illustrative examples and easy to understand analogies are provided. There are quizzes to help you better understand the construction, advantages and potential pitfalls off various montages. While reading the book I had many "aha!" moments. There are many pearls which are very helpful even for the experienced EEG reader. This is one book that grows with you as you expand your role as an EEG reader. It suits the needs of both the novice and experienced. This book is the next best thing to having an experienced and knowledgeable Epileptologist by your side. I would highly recommend it to burdened neurology residents and epilepsy fellows who want to master EEG interpretation in an easy and knowledgeable manner. EEG techs would find it helpful too. I had fun reading it and hope that you do too.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful

A TALE OF TWO TOMES--HIT & MISS.

By Quigly E. Demosthenes on June 12, 2011

Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase

Since the advent of practicable digital EEG instrumentation for the clinic, the Neurodiagnostic (as it now seems to prefer to style itself) training community has lacked an appropriately contemporary and comprehensive introductory text.

Such a text would arrive unburdened by messy and cumbersome detail of antiquated and problematic analog EEG instrumentation--the latter with its trouble prone and difficult to adjust electromechanical pens, messy ink, relative extreme montage inflexibility, noise and artifact proneness, and bulky, difficult to access or review paper records....

While mention of such does, of course, belong in the historical contextualization of a field, properly abbreviated mention of same makes space (both intellectual- and shelf-) for necessary elucidation of unique aspects of the newer technology; Thus, caveats with respect to, say, adjustment of "pen damping" can yield to explanation of digital sampling--its limitations (e.g., Nyquist limit) and unique virtues (e.g., filtering and montage flexibility, etc.).

Clearly, the lack of such an up-to-date text has been felt; Two major new texts have now materialized, almost simultaneously, to occupy that relative instructional vacuum and one of them is this truly wonderful and practical (!) book by Libenson (Saunders Elsevier, 2010).

Libenson ("L") is just the book for the job!

The second text is the similarly titled, "Practical Guide for Clinical Neurophysiologic Testing*EEG" by Yamada & Meng (Wolters Kluwer|Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2010). (N.B. If you're starting out in EEG, acquire and read this problematic "Practical Guide..." only AFTER you've more pleasantly toured the EEG landscape as presented in L.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful

Easy read, concise, but exhaustive

By caricd on November 20, 2010

Format: Hardcover

I was an epilepsy fellow and read the "bibles" (Ebersole,ect) of EEG. All of them are good books but one always look for a "way out" or a "flowchart" or something especially with the complications of interpreting EEG. The book by Sphelman was my guide during those times, more than the other voluminous (if you have ALL THE TIME to read) recommended texts during fellowship. But this book went far and beyond. I thought that I would be getting an "elementary" read when i bought this. But the way the author explained everything, in a very systematic manner, accompanied by great images, makes me want to go back to fellowship. Because with this book in hand, I think I might have had an easier fellowship. I value most the explanations which are not "elementary" in essence.

If you want a very appropriate guide in reading EEG without getting the sensation of "is that it?, can you explain more?, or this is way too hard to understand" sort of feeling, then get this book. What do have to loose anyways. You can return it if you don't like it. But i bet you won't.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful

The best book for EEG

By SDK on September 19, 2011

Format: Hardcover

From the perspective of a final year neurology resident :

This is a very good book.

How good is it? Its probably the best book I have read after Guyton in the first year of medical school.

I can describe it thus: Lets say that you are trying to learn dermatology, and your instructor shows you picture after picture of different skin conditions - pemphigus, psoriasis, SLE, bullous pemphigoid, scabies, lichen planus - and you see 100s of such pictures, then there is a good chance that you will recognize that condition when you see it again.

But, something would be missing - understanding. You would likely confuse yourself silly between pemphigus and bullous pemphigoid unless you really knew what they were. You wouldnt understand what to do with an excoriated lesion. You wouldnt know what to do with a hyperkeratotic one.... you get the point.

EEG for me until I read this book was like that - "pattern recognition" which I thought was only about recognizing the form of waves. This book adds the magic sauce of understanding to the chicken of recognizing waveforms. Ive read (tried to read) almost all the other EEG books, but those were mostly atlases which were good during reading sessions, but not good enough to read on your own. This book was very helpful for me because it was a didactic text which covered both the technical and the clinical aspects of EEG in a detailed, yet well organized / easy to understand fashion.

There are parts which are explained multiple times throughout the text e.g. discussion regarding the use of an averaged-reference electrode. Some people might find that repetitive but for me it was an excellent memory aid - which may have been the author's intention.

Thank you for writing this book Dr. Libenson.
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"It is amazing how much information is contained in a 330 pages textbook and several topics of daily clinical interest are discussed in more detail than in other much heavier textbooks. The quality of the many illustrations is also outstanding. This is the ideal textbook for the junior neurologist who starts his EEG training, but browsing it will also be a pleasure for the experienced EEG reader. It is a highly recommended "practical" textbook." Spinal Cord, Prof. Mercelis

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