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From The CriticsReviewer: Ruric (Andy) Anderson, MD (University of Chicago Hospitals)
Description: This book presents neurosurgical aspects of patient care written by neurosurgeons for nonneurosurgeons. The two authors summarize the diagnosis and management of neurosurgical disorders, formulating differential diagnoses and outlining treatment protocols.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a concise introduction to the neurosurgical management to nonneurosurgeons. The book is useful as a simple reference with thorough, informative discussion on the spectrum of neurosurgical disorders. Especially useful is the section on the details of the neurological examination.
Audience: The book is intended for nonneurosurgeons (medical students, neurology or surgery residents, internists, primary care physicians) to facilitate understanding of neurosurgical diagnoses and management. The authors are credible and practice as attending neurosurgeons at a large university academic center.
Features: The book includes only a handful of radiographs and diagrams depicting common neurosurgical disorders. Some of the diagrams are rudimentary. Numerous tables list differential diagnoses. References are scant and do not always appear up-to-date.
Assessment: This book is useful as a reference, especially suited for neurologists and other physicians and medical students interested in the neurosciences. The diagnosis and management of the spectrum of neurosurgical disorders is outlined in a concise and readable manner. Increased understanding of neurosurgical disorders may facilitate more appropriate and expedient neurosurgical referrals.