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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Neil C. Porter, MD (University of Maryland School of Medicine)
Description: This is the fourth edition of a comprehensive, 2-volume work detailing the disease processes that affect peripheral nerves.
Purpose: "The purpose is to provide a single, modern reference covering the various aspects of peripheral nerve disorders. This book aptly fulfills that noteworthy goal. "
Audience: The book targets neurologists in general, but more specifically neuromuscular specialists. Although a bit detailed for residents or medical students, it is perfect for fellows and practicing physicians. The authors are leaders in their fields and the editors are highly esteemed.
Features: This is an incredibly detailed and extremely comprehensive book. Early chapters address normal anatomy and physiology of the peripheral nervous system, while later chapters address various mechanisms of peripheral nerve injury. Virtually the entire second volume is dedicated to the different areas of peripheral nerve disorders and specific disease entities within those areas. My only criticism is that specific authors seemed compelled to exhaustively list certain diseases in a cursory manner for completeness.
Assessment: This is the definitive single reference describing the various facets of peripheral nerve disorders. It is an essential textbook for physicians and trainees in the area of neuromuscular disease and it is a valuable resource for anyone involved in the care of patients with peripheral nerve disorders.