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Edited by Roger A Baker, Neil Scolding, Dominic Rowe, Andrew J Larner. Published by Cambridge University Press, 2004, £45.00 (paperback), pp 936. ISBN 0-52162-960-8
This pocket sized book consists of a comprehensive series of entries from A to Z, each one describing a specific aspect of neurology. The authors provide overviews of major disease groups (eg, headache, epilepsy) as well as more detailed descriptions of specific disease categories (eg, SUNCT syndrome, gelastic epilepsy) throughout 936 pages. The entries are organised in a structured way and usually include information on pathophysiology, clinical features, investigations and diagnosis, differential diagnosis, and treatment and prognosis. Some literature is quoted and extensive cross references to other entries are provided.
This is a very useful reference book for everyone who works in clinical neurology or related areas. It can also be used by general physicians who need some fast and succinct information on neurological issues. For obvious reasons this book cannot replace a textbook. The overviews of the major disease groups provide only the basic information, and the entries are of limited value for differential diagnosis and therapy. The main advantage of this “guide to clinical neurology” is that it provides relevant and up-to-date information on each neurological topic in a readable and accessible manner. This is of particular interest if the treating neurologist or generalist is confronted by one of the numerous rare neurological disorders and/or syndromes. This goal is also achieved by the myriad of entries and cross references. In summary, we can recommend this reference book as a useful supplement to the traditional textbooks in the neurologist’s bookshelf.
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