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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Daniel B. Hier, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is a well-written and well-illustrated book that elegantly details the utility of botulinum toxin in treating a variety of neurological conditions.
Purpose: The authors have created a superb, well-edited book that details the practical aspects of selecting patients for botox injections as well as technique and possible adverse effects.
Audience: Any physician who plans to use botox in his or her practice — whether for spasticity, dystonia, pain, or cosmetic purposes will want to read and own this book.
Features: This book is well written and well edited. It consists of 18 contributions from authorities in the field. The first five contributions delineate the discovery of botox and its mechanism of action. The next nine chapters describe in detail the use of botox in a variety of movement disorders including blepharospasm, tics, dystonia, spasticity, and tremor. Two chapters deal with treatment of autonomic disorders with botox and the book concludes with three chapters on use of botox for pain, strabismus, and cosmetic purposes.
Assessment: This is a superb book that combines theory with practical application. It is easy to read and filled with useful drawings. Any physician who wishes to use botox in his or her practice will want to have this book.