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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Daniel B. Hier, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is a handsome and well-written encyclopedic text for outpatient neurology.
Purpose: The authors have revised their popular book to bring it current through 2003. They have sought to create a comprehensive textbook of neurology that is specifically slanted to outpatient care.
Audience: This book is aimed at practicing neurologists who have a substantial outpatient neurology practice.
Features: This is a large book, over 1,500 pages in length and comprising 230 chapters created by neurological authorities in their field. The first 27 chapters cover the principles of diagnosis, symptom analysis, and use of specialized tests. The remainder of the book is divided up into seven large sections that cover stroke, autoimmune and infectious diseases, spinal cord and neuromuscular disease, movement disorders, epilepsy, neuro-oncology, and the interface between medicine and neurology.
Assessment: This book stands out as an excellent resource of outpatient neurology. The chapters are well-written, authoritative, and concise. Illustrations and drawings are of high pedagogic value. Although the book covers much the same ground as other leading textbooks of neurology, its emphasis on outpatient neurology is both unique and useful. To some extent, the choice of chapters and their length does not reflect the frequency of these disorders in neurological practice nor the amount of time that neurologists spend on different disorders. Nonetheless, the conditions neurologists see most often in the outpatient setting (headache, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, stroke, pain, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease) are covered well and completely. This is a valuable contribution to the discipline of outpatient neurology.