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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Joseph I Sirven, MD (Mayo Clinic Arizona)
Description: This multiauthored book surveys the relationship between inflammation and neurological conditions, a particularly important topic given that many neurological diseases have inflammatory etiologies.
Purpose: The editors intended to convey a sense of excitement about the field of neuroimmunology and its unique nuances in the brain. The book also attempts to provide a modern understanding of the complex interaction between the immune system and the nervous system.
Audience: It is intended for practicing clinicians and all who have an interest in neurological conditions. The authors are all experts in their field.
Features: The book is organized into multiple sections starting with basic immunology followed by neuroinflammation pertaining to a number of sequelae, including infections and trauma. For a complex topic, the book is easy to read. Figures and diagrams leap off the page and are easy to follow. Inflammatory reactions to infections are especially well covered. The references are excellent. If there is any shortcoming, it is that the book provides an overview, not in-depth coverage of any particular topic.
Assessment: This excellent book surveys the burgeoning field of neuroimmunology. As such, it is a useful addition to the library. Future editions will need to devote more coverage to neuro-oncology and paraneoplastic syndromes.