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Editors: Jaya Pinikahana , Epilepsy Foundation of Victoria, Australia and Christine Walker, Epilepsy Foundation of Victoria )
Book Description:
Epilepsy is neither an illness nor a disease, but a brain disorder, frequently associated with neurological and psychosocial difficulties. It is not a purely ‘neurological phenomenon’ and it requires a juxtaposition of both the neurological and sociological components to elucidate the ‘unexplored’ dimensions of this disorder. Although clinical, neurological, biological, psychiatric and even therapeutic aspects of epilepsy have been fairly consistently reviewed, relatively little is known about psychosocial aspects of this condition. Social research into epilepsy has been a ‘shadow-dweller’ for too long and a publication on these lines is long overdue. This book fills a gap in the literature in social context of epilepsy. The main objective of this book is to advance our understanding of social aspects of epilepsy; to encourage further research that draws on reported studies in epilepsy; to introduce the targeted audiences to applied social research into epilepsy and to illustrate the benefits of such research for health policy change & practice. This book demonstrates the significance of social aspects of epilepsy by presenting a series of articles on topics that have not largely been discussed in ‘neurological circles’. Thematically, this volume focuses on ‘psychosocial’ context of epilepsy with particular emphasis on ‘social’ context of the disorder.

Table of Contents:
Preface
About the Contributors

Chapter 1. Epilepsy: Definition, Syndromes and Treatments, pp. 1-18
(Jordan Kamel and Mark Cook, University of Melbourne, St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)

Chapter 2. Beliefs and Perceptions of Epilepsy in Different Cultures, pp. 19-31
(Jaya Pinikahana)

Chapter 3. Epilepsy, Stigma and Society, pp. 33-43
(Graham Scambler, Centre for Sociological Theory and Research on Health, University College, London)

Chapter 4. Who gets Treatment for Epilepsy? The political economy of the treatment gap, pp. 45-59
(Christine Walker)

Chapter 5. Epilepsy and Women, pp. 61-81
(Line Sveberg Roste, Rikshospitalet University Hospital, University of Oslo and Erik Tauboll, Division for Clinical Neuroscience, Rikshospitalet University Hospital)

Chapter 6. Injuries in Epilepsy, pp. 83-96
(Rita Nguyen, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan and Jose F. Tellez-Zenteno, University of Saskatchewan, Royal University Hospital, Saskatoon, SK, Canada)

Chapter 7. Epilepsy, Driving and Law, pp. 97-107
(Roy G. Beran, University of New South Wales and Griffith University, Queensland)

Chapter 8. Epilepsy, Culture, Identity and Wellbeing:
A Study of the Social, Cultural and Environmental Context of Epilepsy in Cameroon, pp. 109-126
(Pascale Allotey, Race and Diversity in Health and Daniel Reidpath,
Professor of Public Health)

Chapter 9. Knowledge, Attitudes and Epilepsy, pp. 127-177
(John O. Elliott, Sheri Hart & Christine Charyton

Chapter 10. Employment and Epilepsy, pp. 179-199
(Ramon Edmundo D. Bautista, University of Florida Health Science Center, Jacksonville, Florida and Logan A Crews, Univ. of Florida College of Pharmacy, Gainesville, Florida)

Chapter 11. Epilepsy and Physical Exercise: How Much is too Much?, pp. 201-218
(Ricardo Mario Arida, Fulvio Alexandre Scorza and Esper Abrao
Cavalheiro, Universidade Federal de São Paul,Brazil)

Chapter 12. Economic and Psychosocial Burden of Epilepsy in Developing Countries, pp. 219-229
(Sanjeev V. Thomas, Sri Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum, India)

Chapter 13. Epilepsy and Media, pp. 231-263
(Toba Schwaber Kerson, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, U.S.A)

Index

   Series:
      Social Justice, Equality and Empowerment
   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2009
   Pages: 7 x 10
   ISBN: 978-1-60876-228-6
   Status: AV
  
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