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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Daniel B. Hier, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: The editors have assembled 16 authoritative reviews for this book on infections of the nervous system.
Purpose: The editors seek to review and update knowledge about infections of the nervous system since a previous textbook published by the editors in 1987.
Audience: The book is aimed primarily at internists and neurologists who treat patients with infections of the nervous system.
Features: The book consists of 16 scholarly reviews that have been carefully written and referenced. The contents are selective and cover such diseases as Herpes simplex viral encephalitis, neurosyphilis, cerebral malaria, rabies, Lyme disease, HIV dementia, and human prion disease.
Assessment: This is a valuable and scholarly book about infections in the nervous system. Practicing neurologists and internists will find it a valuable reference for when they want more than a "cookbook" approach for treatment of nervous system infections. The reviews are thoughtful, detailed, and comprehensive. As the editors state in their preface, the choice of reviews is selective. Some common types of infections are not covered, notably bacterial meningitis and fungal infections. This should be considered a group of selected reviews (each very good) rather than a comprehensive textbook on nervous system infections.