Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Steven U. Brint, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This volume is the latest of a well-established annual series incorporating abstracts of selected neurological and neurosurgical articles along with expert editorial commentaries.
Purpose: The purpose is to survey a vast literature, to select clinically valuable articles, and to present them in an easily readable format with expert critical commentary. This becomes increasingly welcome with the recent explosion of literature in these fields. The book meets these objectives.
Audience: The book is intended primarily for the practicing neurologist and neurosurgeon generalist, but residents may also find it useful as may other allied specialists. The associate editors of this volume are outstanding experts who usually provide insightful commentary.
Features: The illustrations are select and relatively sparse; however, this is not necessarily a deficiency in this type of book. Although this is a 1993 volume, most references are from 1991 and a minority are from 1992. Most are pertinent, but many are illustrative rather than definitive. Unique features of this book are its easy readability, manageable size, and broad scope. Separate subject and author indexes are provided. The book has a clean, predictable, and practical design.
Assessment: This is a quality volume for libraries, training programs, and practitioners, particularly generalists, who are looking for a palatable, practical way to keep abreast of a diverse literature. Despite the fact that many of the articles are somewhat dated at the time of publication, most retain educational value and provide a convenient mini-reference library. The only significant drawback in my opinion is the comingling of the neurological and neurosurgical literature.