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BrainWaves Quanta: Brain surgery for epilepsy

MedLink Neurology
Podcast is delighted to feature selected episodes from BrainWaves, courtesy of James E Siegler MD, its originator and host. BrainWaves is an academic audio podcast whose mission is to educate medical providers through clinical cases and topical reviews in neurology, medicine, and the humanities, and episodes originally aired from 2016 to 2021.

Originally released: November 13, 2017

How often do you call the plumber and say, "My faucet is leaking," and then the plumber REMOVES your faucet? Problem solved, right? Ironically, this simplistic approach works extremely well in a variety of epileptic conditions. In this week's show, Dr. Myriam Abdennadher and Danielle Becker comment on the protocol and efficacy for surgery in patients with drug-resistant epilepsy. Produced by James E. Siegler. Music by Little Glass Men, Montplaisir, Three Chain Links, and Squire Tuck. Voiceover by Isa Smrstik. BrainWaves' podcasts and online content are intended for medical education only and should not be used for clinical decision-making.


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