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Book and Media Reviews
May 5, 2010

The Neurology of Olfaction

JAMA. 2010;303(17):1756-1760. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.559

In a brief 256 pages, this book avoids the excessive, flowery language so common in medical texts. Even if one is not devoted to chemosensation, the authors' prose will seduce the reader into an appreciation of what, until recently, has been considered an otherwise invisible universe at the tip of the nose. Medical school teaching once commonly held that since there was nothing to be done about chemosensation, clinicians needn't bother testing it.

The ever-changing nature of medicine is well demonstrated in The Neurology of Olfaction, which presents an overview of the neuroscience of olfaction with a focus on the practicing clinician. To distill such clinical issues out of the olfactory literature is no small task, particularly given that the coauthor, olfactory pioneer Richard Doty, has authored 300 articles and edited an 1121-page textbook, The Handbook of Olfaction. Nevertheless, his happiness and enthusiasm are reflected in this book's easy-to-read and facile tone.

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