Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.
PDxMD is "based upon the evidence-based PDxMD primary care information
system." The online and personal digital assistant (PDA) versions of Neurology require annual subscription for $149, and this
review is based on a 30-day free trial.
The book consists of "Medical Conditions Files (MediFiles)." Listed
alphabetically are 44 neurological conditions, from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
to trigeminal neuralgia. It is not clear how the topics were chosen, since
headache is included but backache is not, both being common neurological complaints.
Similarly, thoracic outlet syndrome, which is relatively uncommon, is listed,
but dementia and peripheral neuropathy are not. Each condition is presented
in identical format, described under a "road map" on the inside back cover.
The main headings are "Summary," "Background," "Diagnosis," "Treatment," "Outcomes,"
"Prevention," and "Resources." Subheadings include, "Key! Don't Miss," "ICD-9
Code," and "Clinical Pearl(s)." The "Resources" section has thoughtful information
about support organizations. The topics are arranged alphabetically, making
it easy to look up a condition without referring to the table of contents.
There are no pictures, just a thousand words.
Khan S. NeurologyNeurology. JAMA. 2003;290(8):1100. doi:10.1001/jama.290.8.1100-a