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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Terri E Kiernan, MSN, FNP-BC, CCRN, CNRN (Mayo Clinic Arizona)
Description: This is a great resource on the neurology and psychiatry work-up for medical students and new practitioners. It breaks down the important skills and information needed to examine patients and includes unique elements such as clinical pearls and key points that help readers hone in on important fundamentals.
Purpose: This book is part of a series that helps new medical students to learn how to approach different specialty-specific care and management. This is accomplished with an overview of the disorder that includes the pathophysiology, approach, assessment, treatment, and pitfalls. This is a lofty goal for a small book, but the authors accomplish it in a concise and practical manner.
Audience: Although the book is intended for medical students, it also would be beneficial for physician assistants and nurse practitioners in training.
Features: This book details the foundation necessary to approach neurological and neuropsychiatric patients. It reviews important elements such as localization and breaks down the neurological exam using tables and figures to help readers understand key elements. The section on neuropsychiatry presents a review and approach to mood, personality, anxiety disorders, and schizophrenia. The clinical pearls and key points either reinforce the chapter goals or enable readers to skim the book for quick information retrieval. Chapters also include suggested readings.
Assessment: This is a helpful resource for students who need to understand the approach to the neurological and neuropsychiatric patient population. The book's concise manner makes it an easy read and a helpful reference for busy students. It complements larger textbooks, but it is a great small book to keep in a laboratory coat pocket or knapsack for easy access.