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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Korwyn Williams, MD, PhD (Phoenix Children's Hospital)
Description: This has been the defining textbook of pediatric neurology for decades. This edition updates the 2006 edition, tackling the ever-increasing complexity of this field.
Purpose: This two-volume work is intended to serve as a resource for those caring for children with nervous system disease. Given the surge in the volume and complexity of information about the pediatric nervous system, even from year to year, a book that organizes and explicates the significance of these data is extremely important.
Audience: As the title suggests, the target audience is pediatric neurologists. However, anyone with an interest in pediatric neurology and development will find this an interesting read. The editors were able to recruit many talented and internationally renowned authors to cover many topics.
Features: The first edition in 1988 had four parts; this version has 17. In order to keep it a two-volume set, many sections (e.g., history-taking, neurological examination, hearing impairment, vertigo, pain management, neuro-imaging, neurorehabilitation, ethical issues, even a third ventriculostomy) were moved to an online site which is available to those who purchase the book. This allows for the expansion of topics such as congenital brain malformations and brain plasticity which have not received the same attention as more traditional topics (epilepsy, neuromuscular disease) during training. The chapters are well edited and easy to navigate. Illustrations and images are clear and well annotated. Algorithms and explicit medical therapies are also clearly outlined in helpful boxes throughout the book.
Assessment: This well written, comprehensive textbook on pediatric neurology serves as a very good didactic resource on the basic science, clinical description, genetics, therapeutic management, and anticipatory counseling involved in disorders in pediatric neurology.