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Todd E Feinberg, and Martha J Farah. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2003, $110.00, (hardback), pp 882. ISBN 0-07-137432-9
With the recent growing interest in cognitive or behavioural neurology among neurology trainees in the UK, there is also need for a good text—one that conveys information accurately and swiftly, but also gets over the excitement of the subject. The second edition of this book is well worth looking at if you’re trying to find such a text.
The editors have made a good job, at least in most cases, of keeping their contributors to the point and confined to relatively short chapters. As a result, they have been able to cover a wide range of topics, some from a clinical perspective, others from a more scientific stance. Impressively, although the chapters are short they are usually well referenced. Whatever your particular interest, I think most clinicians would find this a useful and informative text that covers the major neuropsychological syndromes well.
Where it perhaps could do better is on the subject of how to assess patients. This is never covered very well in most such texts, but I think it deserves far more space than given here. Also, the American perspective of some of the contributors may not be to everyone’s liking. There are some chapters where one might be left with the erroneous impression that research on this topic happens only in that part of the world! Despite such little irritations, I would recommend more than a glance at this text. It certainly deserves to be on the shelves of most medical libraries.
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