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An Atlas of Parkinson’s Disease and Related Disorders

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    An Atlas of Parkinson’s Disease and Related Disorders. Edited by g david perkin. (Pp 95, £48.00, US$85.00). Published by Parthenon Publishing, Lancashire, 1998. ISBN 1-85070-943-2.

    This atlas has three parts, the first a 16 page summary of Parkinson’s disease and related disorders, the second a selected bibliography, and the third 77 colour and black and white plates. The text section comprises a brief pathological description of each disorder followed by a clinical description and then treatment and imaging findings if appropriate. The bibliography contains 37 papers mainly published between 1987 and 1996—a golden age of movement disorders? The illustrations are about a third pathological, a third imaging (including CT, MRI, and functional imaging), and a third clinical. The book is aimed at neurologists in training and medical students.

    The excellent illustrations, particularly the pathological ones, are the outstanding feature of the atlas. The plates are large and the quality of reproduction good. However, I would have expected rather more pictures in an atlas—many ordinary textbooks have more than 77 figures and quantity as well as quality is desirable. The quality of the captions is variable, the pathological plates are well described but the functional imaging captions are not adequate to interpret the pictures. Similarly most abnormalities in the pathological and structural imaging plates are indicated on the plates but the abnormalities on the functional imaging plates are not.

    The text provides a brief overview of the specialty and is a useful introduction. The text is lucid and informative. I thought that the section on striatonigral degeneration, olivopontocerebellar atrophy, and multiple system atrophy would have benefited from further editing to make their interrelation clearer and to ensure consistency between text and tables.

    I would recommend this atlas for medical school and hospital libraries. The neurologist in training and neurologist would certainly benefit from perusing the atlas in the library but might choose to start saving for a CD-ROM version.

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