Subject: Child Neurology, Visual Impairment

Series: Clinics in Developmental Medicine

Publication date: 16/02/1994

ISBN: 9781898683025

Edition: 2nd

Pages: 192

Photosensitive Epilepsy

Graham Harding, Peter Jeavons (Authors)

Ways to buy

Hardback edition (complete book)


Photosensitive epilepsy is a relatively rare condition in which convulsions are precipitated by visual stimuli.

The authors have spent almost 30 years studying this condition and have assembled the largest cohort of patients ever studied by one centre.

Their previous book on the subject (1975) became the standard text on this condition. This book reviews the earlier studies, reviews all the literature on this condition in humans and details the many studies that have since been carried out, including studies on drug therapy, the long term prognosis for the condition, pattern sensitivity, video game epilepsy, and convulsions precipitated by other video material. In addition there is advice on procedures to reduce the risk of stimulation from television as well as such factors as the genetics of photosensitivity. This is the most comprehensive text available.

Clinics in Developmental Medicine No. 133

Graham F.A. Harding

Department of Vision Sciences, Aston University, Birmingham, UK.

Peter M. Jeavons

Department of Vision Sciences, Aston University, Birmingham, UK.

Foreword Jean Aicardi
1. Introduction
2. Clinical aspects
3. Photic stimulation factors
4. Basic EEG and EEG responses
5. Visual display units, video games and other video material
6. Therapy
7. Prognosis
8. Conclusion

'A most thorough update on virtually all clincal aspects of photosensitive epilepsy containing results of many clnical studies presented in detail. The thoroughness of this book will attract those epileptologists, neurologists, and clinical neurophysiologists with a strong interest in photosensitive epilepsy.'

Warren T. Blume, Neuropsychobiology

'This is clearly an outstanding review by two of the international leaders in the field. It is an essential reference book for anyone interested in photosensitivity, pattern sensitivity or the related phenomena of television and video-game-associated seizures. There is a wealth of material in this slim book, which combines an excellent critical review of the literature with the enormous experience of the authors themselves.'

Frank Besag, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 1996

'This book is the result of a more than 30-year collaboration on the part of the authors to study the photosensitive epilepsies. It summarizes the authors' own studies and extensively reviews those of others, in an effort to define and explain this fascinating disorder.'

Ronald P Lesser, Nature Medicine, June 1995

'The new edition of Photosensitive Epilepsy sheds much light on the phenomenon of pattern sensitivity and tells us far more besides about photosensitive epilepsy. I would consider the book essential reading for all doctors who treat patients with epilepsy.'

Gaynor F Cole, Archives of Disease in Childhood, 1995