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Everything You Need to Know About EEG with Practical Approach to Electroencephalography

Reviewer: Matthew Hoerth, MD (Mayo Clinic Arizona) Description: This introduction to interpreting electroencephalograms covers topics from visual analysis to drafting EEG reports.Purpose: It is intended as a practical guide to the evaluation of EEGs. A practical approach to EEG interpretation is needed, as many other books addressing electroencephalography are highly technical and not written for beginners. Dr. Libenson meets his objective well as he clearly outlines the basic principles of EEG interpretation.Audience: Aimed at beginning learners in electroencephalography, the book targets neurology residents and clinical neurophysiology fellows. It appears to be best suited for learners who are unfamiliar with EEG, specifically neurology residents. For clinical neurophysiology fellows, this would be an adequate review, but they would later need more detailed knowledge of EEG.Features: A brief introduction to the history of EEG begins the book, which then moves on to cover topics such as visual analysis, localization, artifacts, and filters. The last several chapters address conditions seen in electroencephalography, including epilepsy, normal variants, coma, and neonatal EEG. Throughout each chapter, schematic diagrams and well-marked EEG examples support the clearly written text. These features help learners get a conceptual understanding of EEG. What is lacking is a specific section devoted to basic electronics and electrical safety. Some of these concepts are dispersed throughout the book, but are not directly addressed.Assessment: There are few other books that specifically address the beginning EEG reader. Thus far, this is the most straightforward and concise book for neurology residents being introduced to EEG. It is not a comprehensive EEG textbook, and it is not meant to be. Independent of other instruction, detailed study of this book would give learners the basic foundation for evaluating an EEG.

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The following books will introduce you to the vast world of EEG and give you some thorough guidelines into both the theory and practical approach to the subject as well as the tools to interpret the data. N.B. the books are not ranked in any way.

A practical handbook for EEG covering the fundamentals of electroencephalography and key aspects of EEG interpretation. It includes a comprehensive mini-atlas of EEG tracings, a glossary of EEG terms and an appendix with practical guidelines on diverse topics such as how to treat status epilepticus. The book also explains the most prominent EEG phenomena and tips for reading and reporting EEGs that includes clinical pearls.

Manual infusion schemes only provide suggested doses and require titration to patient response with the aim of achieving appropriate clinical anaesthesia. They also need to be adjusted to account for various factors such as preoperative anxiety, use of adjuncts, required depth of anaesthesia, interindividual variability, and patient comorbidities. Target-controlled infusion models also vary in their accuracy due to the same factors mentioned and can even vary in their performance at different stages of infusion (bolus, maintenance, recovery).17,18 Using processed electroencephalography (pEEG) monitoring, such as BIS, to guide management is the preferred approach for dealing with any inaccuracies in TCI models or manual infusions, and other factors such as interindividual variability.

This consensus article represents the basis for a more standardised diagnostic approach to the seizure patient. These recommendations will evolve over time with advances in neuroimaging, electroencephalography, and molecular genetics of canine epilepsy.


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