Aust Fam Physician. 1979 Feb;8(2):179-94.


Epilepsy is a common disorder affecting approximately one in every two hundred people, from all walks of life, and presenting in addition to the seizure disorder itself, varying social, psychological and economic problems. A simple classification of epilepsy is described, and the concept of 'seizure threshold' introduced. Having diagnosed epilepsy, the need for investigation to separate the symptomatic epilepsies from idiopathic epilepsy is stressed. Accurate diagnosis of seizure type ensures that optimal therapy can be offered. The various drugs used to control epilepsy are discussed, and comments on the general management of the patient are offered.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anticonvulsants / therapeutic use
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Epilepsies, Myoclonic / diagnosis
  • Epilepsies, Partial / diagnosis
  • Epilepsy / classification
  • Epilepsy / diagnosis*
  • Epilepsy / drug therapy
  • Epilepsy / etiology
  • Epilepsy, Absence / diagnosis
  • Epilepsy, Temporal Lobe / diagnosis
  • Epilepsy, Tonic-Clonic / diagnosis
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Marriage
  • Prognosis
  • Seizures, Febrile / diagnosis
  • Status Epilepticus / drug therapy


  • Anticonvulsants