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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Daniel B. Hier, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is the fourth edition of one of the best and most comprehensive textbooks of clinical neurology.
Purpose: The editors have assembled 120 contributing authors to create a definitive textbook of clinical neurology.
Audience: This book is a must have for practicing neurologists.
Features: The editors have thoroughly revised this encyclopedic textbook of neurology. Volume I consists of 54 introductory chapters, of which the first 34 systematically address an approach to common neurological problems from gait disorders to back pain. Each chapter is a thoughtful discussion of diagnosis and differential diagnosis of common problems. The next 20 chapters cover systematically the various "neurological disciplines" including neuroepidemiology, neurogenetics, neurovirology, neuropsychology, and many others. Each article is a careful and thoughtful review that stands upon itself. Volume II is a comprehensive review of neurological disorders arranged by diagnosis including stroke, trauma, neoplasms, dementias, epilepsies, movement disorders, and neuromuscular diseases.
Assessment: This book is well written, authoritative, and comprehensive. It has improved with editing. A nice feature of this edition is the companion Web site, www.nicp.com, which allows the reader to download images and view videos. The book is a remarkable achievement of editing of a huge amount of information. The editors have created the definitive neurology textbook.