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This study was supported by Contract No. N01-OD-4-2139, T.O. #242, between the National Academy of Sciences and the National Institutes of Health (Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and National Institute on Aging); Contract No. HHSP23337026T, T.O. #47, between the National Academy of Sciences and the Department of Health and Human Services (Administration on Developmental Disabilities, Center for Devices and Radiological Health and Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at the Food and Drug Administration, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, and Office on Women’s Health); and with support from Vision 20-20 sponsors (American Epilepsy Society, Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy, Dravet. org, Epilepsy Foundation, Epilepsy Therapy Project, Finding A Cure for Epilepsy and Seizures, Hemispherectomy Foundation, International League Against Epilepsy, National Association of Epilepsy Centers, Preventing Teen Tragedy, Rasmussen’s Encephalitis Children’s Project, and Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance). Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the organizations or agencies that provided support for this project.

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Institute of Medicine (U.S.). Committee on the Public Health Dimensions of the Epilepsies.

  Epilepsy across the spectrum : promoting health and understanding / Committee on the Public Health Dimensions of the Epilepsies, Board on Health Sciences Policy, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies ; Mary Jane England … [et al.], editors.

      p. ; cm.

  Includes bibliographical references.

  ISBN 978-0-309-25506-6 (hardcover) — ISBN 978-0-309-25507-3 (pdf)

  ISBN 978-0-309-25953-8 (paperback)

  ISBN 0-309-25509-0

  I. England, Mary Jane, 1938- II. Title.

  [DNLM: 1. Epilepsy—United States. 2. Health Education—methods—United States. 3. Health Policy—United States. 4. Quality of Health Care—United States. WL 385]



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