Description: This multiauthored book is meant to be a review of neurology for both experienced practitioners and trainees. It attempts to distinguish itself from other general neurology textbooks by incorporating recent advances in imaging and molecular biology.
Purpose: The idea that other books do not incorporate the latest scientific advances is only partly true. One might also question whether trying to address the twin objectives of complete coverage of clinical neurology along with scientific advances in neurology is truly workable, as some subfields have advanced much more than others. The result is an even more heterogeneous book than most multiauthored texts.
Audience: The book is written for all neurologists, at any level, who wish to review neurology (perhaps for a board exam or recertification?), but would make more sense for more junior readers. Numerous authorities have written chapters, including the editors, but other authors are fellows and residents.
Assessment: This book is like a pathophysiology text, such as Gilman's Neurobiology of Disease (Elsevier, 2007), combined with Rowland's Merritt's Neurology, 11th edition (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2005). As such it is partly successful at making clinicians aware of the scientific basis of the profession, but that scientific basis is also quite spotty, through no fault of the authors. On the other hand, the book is marred by pretty but unhelpful illustrations and a large degree of inconsistency in carrying out its stated mission.