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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Vijaya Patil, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This book provides an introduction to the vast and fascinating field of neurology in a fairly comprehensive manner. It is unique in its attempt to provide beginners with a global perspective of the field of neurology by making use of the vast knowledge base of eminent neurologists from different countries.
Purpose: The authors intend it to serve as an introduction to neurology for medical students and advanced trainees beginning to explore the field. They also want it to be a fairly comprehensive resource for practicing physicians who encounter neurologic problems. These are certainly worthy objectives and I feel that this book meets them.
Audience: It is written for medical students and advanced trainees who are beginning their study of neurology, and for practicing physicians who encounter neurological problems. The authors, with their considerable experience in the field of neurology, are certainly credible experts.
Features: This book provides an introduction to the basic principles of neurology, discusses commonly encountered symptoms and signs, and discusses specific neurologic disorders. Authorities in neurology have contributed chapters on their respective areas of expertise. The unique feature of this book is the truly global cast that contributed to its production. The photographs and their explanations are of good quality, the tables informative, and the schematic representations eye-catching. The references at the end of each chapter are exhaustive and contemporary.
Assessment: This book will be of immense help to medical students who are beginning their study of neurology and a handy, reader-friendly reference for practitioners who encounter neurologic problems. The basic principles of neurology and the neurologic symptoms are explained in much greater detail here in comparison to similar material in Clinical Neurology, 2nd edition, by Marsden et al. (Arnold, 1998). The neurologic disorders are explained in fairly good detail and definitely stimulate readers to pursue more in-depth articles, a list of which is also provided.