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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Steven U. Brint, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This large multiauthored book offers the practicing neurologist a comprehensive text geared toward the outpatient management of neurology.
Purpose: The purpose is to offer a comprehensive text geared to outpatient adult neurology that provides quick access to detailed information necessary for the quality delivery of neurological care. In this era of outpatient medicine, this is a worthy objective. The book has largely met and usually exceeds these objectives.
Audience: The book is targeted primarily toward the practicing neurologist or neurology resident in training. More than 200 authors representing a wide spectrum of specialists in neurological and allied fields have contributed.
Features: The book is conservatively illustrated; one small block of color plates is presented. There are numerous useful tables and a limited number of selected references after each chapter. This is a large, neat but dense volume.
Assessment: This one-stop shopping neurology compendium has a wealth of useful clinical information. At times it oversteps its alleged office practice focus with chapters that seem more appropriate in a standard text. The book's huge scope makes it unavoidable that certain information is outdated, yet most chapters are so well done that their utility will be largely preserved until the next edition. For the office practitioner and outpatient neurology clinic, the text will fill a niche that supersedes current standard neurology texts.