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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Maria I Aguilar, MD (Mayo Clinic Arizona)
Description: This well written book provides an overview of stroke prevention and management based on the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association guidelines.
Purpose: The purpose is to summarize the vast amount of existing information to support stroke prevention and treatment using evidence-based neurology. This clinical application of the AHA/ASA guidelines is intended to help bridge the gap between guidelines and practice.
Audience: The editor intends the book for neurologists, both generalists and stroke specialists.
Features: This comprehensive book covers all the relevant aspects of stroke management and prevention. It includes information on stroke in women, stroke in blacks, stroke in children, post-stroke rehabilitation, all very important topics that are not always covered in stroke prevention books. Each chapter begins with a clinical case and guides readers through the clinical approach and medical decision-making process. Color figures are a plus and the quality of the radiologic images is superb (see chapter 6 as an example). The bullet points and tables highlight the important aspects of each chapter and provide a very useful summary. The only disadvantage I see to this book is that the references are available online only. Although it allows the book to be smaller and more portable, it disrupts the reading/learning flow of readers who like to review the source of the information.
Assessment: This is a very good book, useful, concise, well written, and easy/fun to read. It's also a small book, light and easy to carry. It shares some similarities with Stroke: A Practical Approach, Geyer and Gomez (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2009), but it is much more complete, the figures and graphics are of better quality, and overall it's a "friendlier" book.