Zeljka Petelin Gadže

University Hospital Centre Zagreb Croatia

Assist. Prof. Željka Petelin Gadže, M.D., Ph.D., born on the 11th August 1976 iz Zagreb, Croatia, after graduation on the Medical School of the University of Zagreb, started to work at the Department of Neurology of the Medical School and University Hospital Centre Zagreb, where she specialized in neurology in May 2007, and defended doctoral dissertation 'Apoptosis of blood and cerebrospinal fluid lymphocytes in patients with multiple sclerosis” in December 2004. Since 2007 she works at the Referral Centre for Epilepsy of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of the Republic of Croatia, and since 2010 she is the head of the Electroencephalographic Laboratory and Division for Minimally Invasive Neurosurgical Treatment of Neurological Diseases at the University Hospital Centre Zagreb. She has published around 90 papers in the field of neurology, and held numerous lectures at domestic and international neurological congresses. Her interests in neurology are epileptology and electroencephalography, especially epilepsy surgery.

Zeljka Petelin Gadže

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Epilepsy is a neurological condition that accompanies mankind probably since its inception. About 400 years before Christ, the disease was already known by Hippocrates, who wrote the book "On The Sacred Disease". Classically, epilepsy has been defined as a chronic condition characterized by an enduring propensity to generate seizures, which are paroxysmal occurring episodes of abnormal excessive or synchronous neuronal activity in the brain. Out of all brain disorders, epilepsy is the one that offers a unique opportunity to understand normal brain functions as derived from excessive dysfunction of neuronal circuits, because the symptoms of epileptic seizures are not the result of usual loss of function that accompanies many disease that affect the brain. I am therefore extremely honoured to present this book. The 15 very interesting chapters of the book cover various fields in epileptology - they encompass the etiology and pathogenesis of the disease, clinical presentation with special attention to the epileptic syndromes of childhood, principles of medical management, surgical approaches, as well as social aspects of the disease.

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