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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: C. W. Smith, DVM, MS (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This handbook is divided into two major sections — fundamentals of neurology and clinical problems (signs and symptoms). The first part includes history and examination, localization of lesions, disorders of micturition, and confirming a diagnosis. The second part addresses disorders of limbs, face, tongue, esophagus, larynx, ears, involuntary movement, eyes, coma, seizures, pain, and diffuse nature.
Purpose: The authors indicate that neurology should be approached logically and in the simplest way, and by making this handbook simple and easy to use, they are moderately successful in achieving this goal. The handbook is a revision of the second edition published in 1993 and includes another author bringing new experience and knowledge to this edition.
Audience: The authors target veterinary students and practitioners for this handbook. Even though veterinary practitioners may find this handbook helpful, residents and specialists in neurology and neurosurgery may be a better audience. The authors are credible authorities in neurology.
Features: This handbook contains sufficient illustrations, tables, and case histories to help the reader understand neurology. The case histories are especially helpful to illustrate the information. The information is complete and current and includes an abundance of references to whet the appetite of the most astute reader.
Assessment: This handbook provides a current, logical, and as simple as is possible, text for a complex subject. An abundance of illustrations, charts, and tables make the handbook user friendly. Case histories help the reader to understand and apply the information in everyday practice. Veterinary students, neurology and neurosurgery residents, neurologists, and neurosurgeons will find the handbook to be a welcome addition to their library.