Rowans Primer of EEG is a best Guide book for Internal medicine residents who is really interested in knowing about EEG
“If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” – Mahatma Gandhi With this book, we seek to lay the art of reading EEGs at your feet. We have built upon the structure of the first edition. We have added a chapter entitled The normal EEG from neonates to adolescents. All pictures of EEGs have been replaced, to give the readers up-to-date examples of normal and abnormal findings. In Chapter 5 we describe the typical EEG findings in all seizure types, electroclinical syndromes and other epilepsies as listed by the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE).
Learning to understand an EEG is wonderful, and reporting those findings with standard nomenclature ensures that we all mean the same thing when we use the same word. This edition uses the 10-10 system of electrode placement and the nomenclature put forth by the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society (ACNS).
If you are a medical student with no intention of becoming a neurologist, we believe this primer will serve you well in understanding the EEG reports of both your outpatients and inpatients. If you are a neurologist or a neurology resident, we have included details which are useful to have at one’s fingertips and easily forgotten (e.g., the meaning of subclinical rhythmic electroencephalographic discharges of adults).
As a companion to the print book, this edition has an online version, which includes a quiz for each chapter. Be warned, these questions are
challenging. The answers are detailed and meant to help you integrate what you are learning of EEG with clinical care and clinical decisionmaking. Perhaps most importantly, we have created a video library of seizures. These can be watched with our annotations describing the seizure semiology and the electrographic findings, or you can choose to watch the seizures without the annotations to test your developing skill. We will be adding to the video library continually to build on your knowledge.
Learning the skill of electroencephalography may be challenging, it may be daunting, and it may not give us all the answers. However, it is a relatively inexpensive window into the workings of the brain, which often provides very valuable information for diagnosis, prognosis, and management of our patients.
We hope this primer will serve to increase your enthusiasm and dedication to the study of the brain, as this inquiry continues to nourish us as clinicians, teachers and researchers.