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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Joseph I Sirven, MD (Mayo Clinic Arizona)
Description: This is a quick reference guide for clinicians on the management of various medical problems in individuals with neurological disabilities. The book surveys various medical symptoms and conditions that such patients are likely to encounter.
Purpose: The goal is to provide a reference for busy clinicians to aid them in the daily management of medical problems faced by this population. This book fills a vacuum of knowledge for most neurologists who do not take care of these patients over a long period of time.
Audience: The book is intended for clinicians and the tone of the chapters is general; thus any healthcare professional could use it. Healthcare professionals such as house officers, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners would get the most benefit.
Features: Common medical problems that practitioners are most likely to see are covered, such as fatigue and nutrition. However, less often discussed and less frequently occurring issues are also presented, such as dental care and obstetrics and gynecology problems. The chapters are easy, quick reads with easy to follow tables and hints for practitioners. The only shortcoming is that readers may find themselves looking for more information after they complete a section. Perhaps including a glossary of websites or more detailed references for readers interested in more information would be helpful. Including pediatric issues would be helpful as well.
Assessment: This is a good resource, given the paucity of practical books on this topic, for a variety of healthcare professionals.