Weiner & Levitt's Pediatric Neurology / Edition 4

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Overview

Part of the House Officer Series, Weiner & Levitt's Pediatric Neurology, Fourth Edition has been extensively reorganized, thoroughly updated, and includes many algorithms and tables. The new structure presents the book in six sections, and is consistent with the ways in which clinicians approach their patients. The first section offers introductory chapters under the heading of evaluation, and includes neurologic history, neuro exam, and localization. The bulk of the material is in two sections and covers common complaints and specific diseases, while the remaining sections cover drugs and diagnostic and neuropsychological tests.

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Reviewer: Andrea Starrett, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This is the fourth edition of this pocket manual on pediatric neurology in the House Officer Series. It is written to guide the house officer in recognizing and treating neurologic diseases in children. The previous edition was published in 1999.
Purpose: The book aims to serve as a point of departure for house officers in clinical situations by prompting them to recognize the presenting complaints, differential diagnosis, differentiating clinical features, and appropriate evaluation of patients on a child neurology service. It would also be useful to a busy practitioner for a quick review of a child's complaint in the office. Both authors are professors of child neurology at the State University of New York in Buffalo who have extensive experience in guiding house officer education.
Audience: The book is written for house officers in pediatrics or neurology to provide a basis of clinical findings in infants and children.
Features: The book begins with four general chapters on clinical neuroanatomy, growth and development, neurologic history, and neurologic examination. This is followed by chapters covering specific disorders, such as, neuromuscular diseases, hemiparesis, stroke, neurocutaneous syndromes, or specific clinical situations such as the floppy infant, headache, back pain, and abnormal head size. All chapters are introduced by a clinical case which is followed by a brief discussion and list of differential diagnoses, pertinent clinical findings or symptoms, evaluation procedures, and treatment. The chapters vary in their depth with those describing classical neurological disorders, such as neuropathies, muscle diseases, and brain tumors being the most extensive. The neurodevelopmental disorders, such as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, cerebral palsy, and developmental delay are covered less thoroughly. The chapters on seizure disorders and anti-epileptic drugs are extensive; but unfortunately, the dosages of the drugs are provided in a separate appendix at the end of the book. Other drugs commonly used in pediatric neurology such as psychostimulants, SSRIs, tricyclic antidepressants and sedatives, and alpha agonists are listed, but their side effects and clinical usage are not discussed. Each chapter ends with a suggested reading list from standard textbooks and relatively current as well as classic journal articles.
Assessment: This book would be a useful manual for medical students, residents, and busy practitioners to remind them of the differential diagnosis and appropriate work-up of children with neurological problems. As the authors point out, it is only a beginning for a comprehensive understanding of these disorders.
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Reviewer: Andrea Starrett, MD(Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This is the fourth edition of this pocket manual on pediatric neurology in the House Officer Series. It is written to guide the house officer in recognizing and treating neurologic diseases in children. The previous edition was published in 1999.
Purpose: The book aims to serve as a point of departure for house officers in clinical situations by prompting them to recognize the presenting complaints, differential diagnosis, differentiating clinical features, and appropriate evaluation of patients on a child neurology service. It would also be useful to a busy practitioner for a quick review of a child's complaint in the office. Both authors are professors of child neurology at the State University of New York in Buffalo who have extensive experience in guiding house officer education.
Audience: The book is written for house officers in pediatrics or neurology to provide a basis of clinical findings in infants and children.
Features: The book begins with four general chapters on clinical neuroanatomy, growth and development, neurologic history, and neurologic examination. This is followed by chapters covering specific disorders, such as, neuromuscular diseases, hemiparesis, stroke, neurocutaneous syndromes, or specific clinical situations such as the floppy infant, headache, back pain, and abnormal head size. All chapters are introduced by a clinical case which is followed by a brief discussion and list of differential diagnoses, pertinent clinical findings or symptoms, evaluation procedures, and treatment. The chapters vary in their depth with those describing classical neurological disorders, such as neuropathies, muscle diseases, and brain tumors being the most extensive. The neurodevelopmental disorders, such as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, cerebral palsy, and developmental delay are covered less thoroughly. The chapters on seizure disorders and anti-epileptic drugs are extensive; but unfortunately, the dosages of the drugs are provided in a separate appendix at the end of the book. Other drugs commonly used in pediatric neurology such as psychostimulants, SSRIs, tricyclic antidepressants and sedatives, and alpha agonists are listed, but their side effects and clinical usage are not discussed. Each chapter ends with a suggested reading list from standard textbooks and relatively current as well as classic journal articles.
Assessment: This book would be a useful manual for medical students, residents, and busy practitioners to remind them of the differential diagnosis and appropriate work-up of children with neurological problems. As the authors point out, it is only a beginning for a comprehensive understanding of these disorders.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781729314
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Series: House Officer Series
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,025,023
  • Product dimensions: 4.40 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

  1. GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
  2. NEUROANATOMY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
  3. NEUROLOGIC HISTORY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
  4. NEUROLOGIC EXAMINATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
  5. FLOPPY INFANT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
  6. BACK PAIN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
  7. SPINAL CORD DISEASE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
  8. NEUROPATHIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
  9. MUSCLE DISEASES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
  10. MYASTHENIA GRAVIS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
  11. CEREBRAL PALSY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93
  12. HEMIPARESIS AND STROKE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
  13. DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
  14. PROGRESSIVE DEGENERATIVE DISEASE . . . . . . . . . 120
  15. NEUROCUTANEOUS SYNDROMES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130
  16. INFECTIOUS DISEASE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144
  17. SEIZURES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
  18. FEBRILE SEIZURES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
  19. NEONATAL SEIZURES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173
  20. NONEPILEPTIC PAROXYSMAL EVENTS . . . . . . . . . . 177
  21. SLEEP DISORDERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181
  22. COMPLICATIONS OF ANTIEPILEPTIC DRUGS . . . . 186
  23. GENETICS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197
  24. HEADACHES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 205
  25. LARGE HEADS, SMALL HEADS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215
  26. BRAIN TUMORS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .222
  27. NEUROLOGIC COMPLICATIONS OF LEUKEMIA . . . . . . . . . . 230
  28. PSEUDOTUMOR CEREBRI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 236
  29. LOSS OF CONSCIOUSNESS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 240
  30. GAIT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 246
  31. CEREBELLAR ATAXIA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250
  32. MOVEMENT DISORDERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 257
  33. OTHER MOVEMENT DISORDERS: MYOCLONUS, TICS, AND TREMORS . . . . . . . . . 264
  34. PERVASIVE DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDERS . . . . . . 268
  35. ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER . . . . . . . . . . . . 274
  36. VERTIGO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 277
  37. LUMBAR PUNCTURE AND CEREBROSPINAL FLUID EXAMINATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 283
APPENDICES I. KEY DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES . . . . . . . . . . 289
II. NEWBORN MATURITY RATING AND CLASSIFICATION . . . . . . . . . . 293
III. HEAD CIRCUMFERENCE FOR AGE PERCENTILES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 300
IV. AGE OF COPYING FIGURES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303
V. APGAR SCORE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 305
VI. GLASGOW COMA SCALE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 306
Subject Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 325
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