by Peritz Scheinberg, 284 pp, with illus, $28.50, New York, Raven Press, 1986.
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The past several years have seen a proliferation of paperbound, pocketsized synopses of neurology designed to answer house officers' questions as they bend over patients' stretchers in the emergency department or beds on the ward. It seems somewhat strange that those of us who belong to an older generation did not have such an advantage and yet managed to carry out our duties with a reasonable degree of success! Now, the practitioner or the house officer has a choice of several distillations of neurological wisdom and knowledge to draw on, presumably as an introduction to further study of textbooks, computer data bases, and current journals.
Dr Scheinberg's book stands out for several reasons: it is much more detailed and informative than most manuals of this kind; it has several special sections, such as the one on pediatric neurology; and, most important, it is clearly the work of an experienced clinician.
Poser CM. An Introduction to Diagnosis and Management of Common Neurologic Disorders. JAMA. 1987;257(15):2096-2097. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03390150112054