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This is a truly marvellous book. The authors combine their vast clinical experience with an up to date review of literature scattered throughout neurological and paediatric publications to produce the first text book on movement disorders in children. A clinical approach to movement disorders in childhood is taken with chapters devoted to the predominant movement disorder. Clinical descriptions and illustrations are given for all of the important conditions producing that movement disorder; comprehensive lists of the rarer causes of movement disorders are also provided.
The authors start by reviewing general concepts relevant to the diagnosis of movement disorders in childhood. The current model of basal ganglia functioning is discussed and this is followed by a description of the main types of movement abnormality. This is followed by a brief, but important, guide to specific areas of clinical history taking and examination in the evaluation of movement disorders in children. Subsequent chapters are based on the predominant movement disorder. Each is organised with an initial introduction and classification followed by a discussion of the major disorders producing the abnormal movements. Important features of each chapter are a discussion of conditions that may simulate the movement disorder; the discussion of difficult cases according to the authors' own experience and from the search of the literature; and the symptomatic treatment of the individual movement disorders. Relevant investigations are also presented within the context of each individual movement disorder. A chapter is also devoted to those complex movement disorders where one type does not predominate. The movement disorders covered include the hypokinetic-rigid syndromes, tremor, chorea, dystonia, myoclonus, tics, and complex. There are also important chapters on drug induced movement disorders and movement disorders in cerebral palsy. Last is a chapter about ancillary investigations that either have, or may well in the future, prove useful in our understanding of paediatric movement disorders. Throughout the book, additional authors have contributed their own expertise.
This is a comprehensive and up to date textbook about movement disorders in children. All child neurologists and paediatricians with an interest in neurology or neurodisability should have access to this book and I suspect that most will want to own a personal copy. In addition, this book will be of tremendous help to adult neurologists evaluating patients with a movement disorder the origins of which are in childhood or adolescence.
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