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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Travis Scott Graham, MD (University of Colorado Health Sciences Center)
Description: This is the second edition of a welcome addition to the subspecialty of neuroradiology, especially in light of all that has happened in the field since 1994 when the first edition was published. This comprehensive book covers not only the pathology of the head, neck and spine but also neuroanatomy, as well as offering lessons on techniques for neuroimaging.
Purpose: This is designed to be a fairly comprehensive and updated text for a wide range of readers with varying degrees of knowledge and experience.
Audience: The book accomplishes its goals, providing information useful to a broad spectrum of readers, from the first year resident becoming acquainted with the subspecialty of neuroradiology to the experienced neuroradiology attending or practitioner. Our clinical colleagues including neurologists, neurosurgeons, and even physician assistants involved in clinical practice can benefit from this book. The authors have a high degree of credibility.
Features: This book provides a nice outline and, more specifically, a framework to use to increase one's understanding of this topic. Of course, the book is very readable thanks to its light tone, and well indexed so that referencing the text is much easier. Its size may be somewhat intimidating as it seems bigger and heavier than others in this series.
Assessment: This excellent book is a "must have" for the radiology resident and any neuroradiology departmental library. Not only is it a welcome addition to the field, but one that is sorely needed in light of ongoing advances and a lack of updated neuroradiology texts out there. From head to conus, the second edition of this book gives the reader much food for thought (see chapter 3) at the smorgasbord that is neuroradiology.