Description: Neurology, one of the most important components in the neurosciences, may have had origins as far back as 4000 BC when the poppy plant was reported to have sedative and euphoriant effects. Some 1000 years later, archeologists began to uncover trephinal shields in various areas of the world, chiefly in Peru and this discovery is the take-off of this fascinating small tome of facts.
Purpose: The editor, in less than 200 pages, has done a remarkable research job in collecting, retrieving, and placing into context events discoveries, achievements, and milestones in neurology from 3000 BC to 2000 AD.
Audience: Students, trained clinicians, or researchers can seek and find reference to the subject at hand by skimming through the book. Also they will note that the content of the reference can transcend neurology to other areas in the neurosciences for value. There are several illustrations of researchers and their contributions.
Features: In the study and teaching of neurology history is a must and this volume is a cornucopia of history. The over 1000 references are valued in quality, quantity, and depth. This book has no index but the editor plans a second and larger edition.
Assessment: I believe that this tome should be in hand or at the elbow of the medical student studying neurology, the trainee, or the clinician in the field. I recommend it highly for an adjunctive tool in the discipline.