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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Trupti Gokani, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is an excellent addition to the neurology book literature. The author divides the book into systems, then formats the information into a question-answer style. Comprehensive tables and illustrations make the review much more meaningful.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an overview of the relevant information in neurology, mainly for preparation for rounds, exams, and rotations. The objectives are worthy and this book is definitely needed to help in preparation for exams. It is also quite user friendly and provides a quick review of various topics. The author's objectives are well met.
Audience: The audience for this book, according to the author, ranges from medical students to attendings. In my judgment, the book is better suited for residents to attendings due to the vast amount of information presented. The author is a credible authority.
Features: The book basically covers the key topics in neurology. Topics ranging from the function of the cerebellum to neuro-oncology are discussed. The best sections are the ones covering peripheral neuropathy and seizures/epilepsy. The book's unique feature is the Socratic approach, which is very helpful in the learning process.
Assessment: This is an important addition to the literature currently available in neurology. The question format approach to presenting information allows the book to be more readable and enjoyable. It also encourages the reader to think actively while reading. Since our field continues growing rapidly, it is important to keep up with the recent trends. The author is well justified to replace the previous edition of this book.