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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Description: This is an update of a 2008 book on the various neurological manifestations of many common systemic processes.
Purpose: Many systemic problems have neurological complications and involvement and this book nicely brings the nexus of these connections to the fore. These connections are frequently missed by clinicians, thus this endeavor is timely and important. Neurological involvement may be overlooked because the changes are subtle and the consultant may not have the benefit of knowing the patient's baseline neurological status.
Audience: The audience is primary clinicians who care for patients and specialty consultants who need to sharpen their focus on neurological complications that can go unnoticed. The editors have brought together an impressive international group of contributors to write the chapters.
Features: While the focus is on neurology, the sections are generally divided by organ systems, e.g. respiratory and cardiovascular disorders, gastrointestinal tract and related disorders, cutaneous disorders, genitourinary system and pregnancy, etc. Within each section the chapters look at specific conditions such as neurological complications of cardiac surgery, neurological manifestations of nutritional disorders, neurological complications of thermal and electrical burns, and neurological complications of imaging procedures, etc. There are numerous tables and color graphics and the images are superb. The figures in the book are also available online at the Elsevier website.
Assessment: This is a tremendous contribution to the medical literature. It is well written, comprehensive, and replete with many relevant references. There is much to be learned from this presentation, much that has occurred since the previous edition, and much that may be overlooked in the daily practice of medicine, if one is not consciously looking for it.