The Neurology of Olfaction

The Neurology of Olfaction

by Christopher H. Hawkes
     
 

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Testing the sense of smell is often omitted or trivialized during neurological examination. This comprehensive review will address this shortcoming by emphasizing the significance of this important sensory modality. The Neurology of Olfaction describes the anatomy and physiology of human olfaction and how it may be measured. The book covers neurologic disorders in

Overview

Testing the sense of smell is often omitted or trivialized during neurological examination. This comprehensive review will address this shortcoming by emphasizing the significance of this important sensory modality. The Neurology of Olfaction describes the anatomy and physiology of human olfaction and how it may be measured. The book covers neurologic disorders in depth and a comprehensive chapter is devoted to neurodegenerative disorders, particularly Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease, where loss of smell is frequent and may be an early preclinical feature that could predict the onset of disease in asymptomatic subjects. Finally, the authors describe methods of treatment for anosmia, evaluate its medicolegal importance, and give guidance for those unfortunate enough to have lost their sense of smell. Written by two experts in the field, this book provides information useful to physicians for assessing and managing chemosensory disorders and summarizes the current scientific knowledge of human olfaction.

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Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Joseph I Sirven, MD (Mayo Clinic Arizona)
Description: This survey of the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the olfactory pathway also covers how various neurological disorders impact olfaction.
Purpose: Olfaction and the disorders that affect it are the least appreciated disorders of the major senses. Olfactory testing and clinical examination of smell are often overlooked and not factored into medical diagnostics. The book strives to fill the niche, setting out what is known.
Audience: The book is written for general clinical neurologists. Each chapter is well detailed with useful clinical pearls and a synopsis of what is known in the area. The authors are established experts in the field.
Features: The five broad chapters discuss anatomy, physiology, clinical evaluation, general disorders of olfaction, neurodegenerative diseases impacting olfaction, and therapeutics. The useful figures, tables, images, and plates in the center are the best features of the book.
Assessment: This book on olfaction fills a definite void in the literature. The authors are correct in noting that olfaction is overlooked in diagnosis and therapy. Their book will help readers refocus on the importance of testing for disorders of olfaction. I can easily see any clinical neurologist, neurology resident, fellow, or medical student using this book to gain a better understanding of this sense.
From the Publisher
"This book on olfaction fills a definite void in the literature. The authors are correct in noting that olfaction is overlooked in diagnosis and therapy. Their book will help readers refocus on the importance of testing for disorders of olfaction. I can easily see any clinical neurologist, neurology resident, fellow, or medical student using this book to gain a better understanding of this sense."
—Doody's Review Service

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780511737442
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/12/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
5 MB

Meet the Author

Christopher H. Hawkes is Honorary Consultant Neurologist at the Essex Neuroscience Centre, Queens Hospital, Essex and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Queen Mary School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of London, UK.
Richard L. Doty is Director of the Smell and Taste Center, and Professor at the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, USA.

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