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From The CriticsReviewer:Joseph I. Sirven, MD(Mayo Clinic Hospital)
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.