Description: This book briefly reviews a wide variety of autoimmune disorders that affect the nervous system, either directly or indirectly, with an emphasis on evaluation and diagnosis.
Purpose: It seeks to provide guidance on diverse neuroimmunologic conditions in a concise, case-based manner.
Audience: The main target audience is neurology residents or staff. Other specialists who may have an interest in the neurological manifestations of autoimmune disorders also would find many chapters to be of great use.
Features: Each chapter presents a case-based discussion of a neuroimmunologic syndrome. Recommendations for diagnostic evaluation are thorough and especially helpful with respect to the rarer systemic autoimmune diseases that general neurologists may encounter only rarely. Due to a paucity of available evidence, discussion of treatment is somewhat sparse. Given that many of these conditions are treated similarly with various immunosuppressants, an additional reference chapter or appendix outlining the various available immunosuppressant therapies and their side effects would be very helpful.
Assessment: This is a brief yet useful introduction to clinical neuroimmunology, outlining major points in neurological evaluation that are valuable to practicing neurologists.