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Epilepsy (Understanding Diseases And Disorders)

Book by Haugen, Hayley Mitchell

Series: Understanding Diseases and Disorders

Library Binding: 48 pages

Publisher: KidHaven (September 3, 2004)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0737721685

ISBN-13: 978-0737721683

Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6.2 x 8.5 inches

Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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If you want Unreliable information about seizures and epilepsy, this is YOUR book. It is packed with statements that keep my jaw in perpetual drop mode. My now 29 year old daughter has had seizures since the age of seven so I am relatively well informed about the basics of epilepsy.For starters, one doesn't properly refer to the person with epilepsy as "the epileptic". This term is about as outmoded as the Ford Pinto, is an insult to the humanity of the person with this disability, and marks the author as someone who has no idea of what she writes. I received this book from our local library and have marked it up with a big thick Sharpie. I will be taking it back to the library and will tell them I wish to purchase the book because I've marked in it. That will at least take it off the shelf of our local library. If there are other copies at other branches in our city, I will do the same until every one of these books is gone. NO parent needing info about seizures should have this book as any kind of serious source of information.Included incorrect statements:1. You put a soft cloth in mouth of person having seizure. This is wrong, wrong, wrong. No reputable source says this anymore. Granted, a couple generations ago, that was suggested. Present thinking is that all this does is risk the person helping suffering a serious bite from the person having the seizure. (This book published in 2005 so NO excuse for having such incorrect info in a book of that fairly recent vintage.)2. Many cases of.....epilepsy are passed down from mothers and fathers to their children. While true that there are some seizures that appear to have a genetic component, this statement is a gross overgeneralization and is totally out of line.

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