This book provides a concise overview of the possible clinicalapplications of standard EEG in clinical psychiatry. After a shorthistory, the book describes the physiologic basis of the EEGsignal, then reviews the principles of EEG in terms of technicalbackgrounds and requirements, EEG recording and signal analysis,with plentiful illustrations of the most frequent biological ortechnical artefacts. Normal EEG patterns and waveforms for easyreference are clearly presented, before the detailed description ofabnormal patterns.
With the basic information in hand, the reader progresses to anaccount of the role of EEG in the diagnostic work up in psychiatry,covering nonconvulsive status epilepticus, frontal lobe seizuresand non-epileptic seizures. The clinical application of EEG in bothchildhood and adult disorders follows, including many casevignettes. The effects of psychotropic drugs on EEG arehighlighted.
The book closes with a discussion of currently availablecertification venues for Clinical Neurophysiology along withlimitations of each venue. It calls for the development of trainingguidelines and certification processes specific to PsychiatricElectrophysiology.
The material is clearly presented throughout, with plenty offigures, tables with summaries of relevant findings, flow diagramsfor diagnostic work-up, boxes with learning points, and short listsof key references.
We fully expect the book will become the standard teachingsource for psychiatry residents and fellows, as well as a usefulresource for practising psychiatrists and clinicalpsychologists.
Praise for the book:
"This distinguished group of editors has put together chaptersthat represent an excellent practical handbook onelectroencephalography in clinical psychiatry, now a very importanttopic. I highly recommend it not only to psychiatrists, but also toanyone interested in neuroscience."
John R. Hughes, DM (Oxon), MD, PhD, Professor of Neurology,University of Illinois Medical Center, at Chicago, Illinois,USA