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From The CriticsReviewer: Joseph I Sirven, MD (Mayo Clinic Arizona)
Description: This is essentially a basic primer on deep brain stimulation (DBS) for specific neurological disorders such as Parkinson's disease, dystonia, and essential tremor. The first book of its kind, it is a brief synopsis on the technique and its clinical use.
Purpose: Intended for the lay public, the essence of the book is to present an accurate and balanced picture of DBS and provide potential patients with this device the best possible summary of its risks and benefits. Given the increasing number of medical devices for neurological conditions, the objectives are worthy.
Audience: Because it is intended for potential patients, the book is written in easy-to-understand prose, yet conveys a sense of authority. In this sense, the book is quite helpful for those considering the procedure.
Features: The book covers DBS from the procedure and devices to indications and complications. There are numerous helpful illustrations, as well as a section of frequently asked questions. The book is a patient-based summary and is not intended for professionals looking for more in-depth information on the topic.
Assessment: This is an excellent and concise compilation of what any patient considering DBS would want to know about the procedure. For a patient information library, this is an excellent resource.