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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Pedro Mancias, MD (University of Texas Medical School at Houston)
Description: This book gives a very good general overview of neurologic disorders that afflict infants, children, and adolescents. It provides needed information on assessment of normal neurologic function and development and helpful information regarding diagnostic testing that aids in the management of children with neurologic disorders.
Purpose: It is intended to provide the clinician with information in a systematic fashion to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of common neurologic disorders and diseases in children.
Audience: It is intended for pediatricians, general practitioners, and those looking for a sound introduction to neurologic disorders affecting children. The contributors do a good job of covering the various topics, and most are well known and credible in their fields of expertise.
Features: Illustrations are in black-and-white and are quite simple but effective. Some of the photographs are a bit dark and may have been affected by the quality of the paper. Particularly helpful are quick references to important information presented in boxes named "pearls and perils," "diagnosis," and "consider consultation when..."
Assessment: This is a very good book for pediatricians, general practitioners, and anyone wanting a sound global view of common neurologic disorders and diseases that afflict children. It would also serve well as a board type review for neurologists. It has a good amount of information regarding history taking, neurologic examination, and diagnostic tests. The references serve well to guide the reader to more detailed information on each topic. I would recommend this book for those individuals who want an easy to read text that covers the more commonly encountered neurologic disorders in children. I certainly will keep this book within arm's reach for quick reference.