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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: MaryLouise Tomyanovich, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is a relatively easy to read and understand book that effectively explains a wide variety of neurological disorders.
Purpose: Basically, the author sheds light on various brain disorders, thoroughly explaining their symptoms and etiologies from a neurologist's standpoint.
Audience: The audience appeal for this book is broad. Although it is easy enough for a student or someone interested in the subject to comprehend, it does not seem "dumbed down" or superficial.
Features: As a reader relatively inexperienced in the field, I found the book to be very informative. Various diagrams and real patient stories in each section enhanced my undertanding and prevented the book from becoming dull.
Assessment: As a member of the lay audience, I found this a very approachable book. The author effectively explains a wide variety of neurological disorders and the book reads smoothly and keeps the reader engaged. (Reviewed by M. C. Masters.) (Comments by MaryLouise Tomyanovich, MD — This review was written by a high school student. From a neurologist's perspective, the book contains well integrated, current, clinically relevant information about higher cortical function. The schematic diagrams with their corresponding legends are particularly useful teaching tools for trainees. I applaud the author for presenting complex subjects including language, emotion, attention, self-awareness, memory, cognitive motor skills, sensory perception and recognition, conation, and intention understandable to a lay reader, albeit an exceptionally bright high school student.)