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December 17, 1982

The Practice of Pediatric Neurology

Author Affiliations

Napa State Hospital Napa, Calif University of California—Davis School of Medicine Sacramento


2 vol, by Kenneth F. Swaiman and Francis S. Wright, ed 2; 1,322+ pp, 700 illus, $169.50, St Louis, CV Mosby Co, 1982.

JAMA. 1982;248(23):3182. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330230080049

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This is an expanded, more profusely illustrated edition of an already large text, first published seven years ago, on pediatric neurology as practiced in North America, where it is a relatively young subspecialty. Many of its well-known practitioners contributed to both editions, the two editors most heavily. Surveyed are disorders of nervous tissue and of muscle unique to life stages from the fetus to the young adult and disorders of these tissues common to all age groups but affecting the young uniquely. These subjects are addressed in "units" on the neurological examination of the newborn and young child, electroencephalography, and other diagnostic procedures. One wishes for a "unit" on sedating those who cannot hold still for such studies.

Many units can be recommended, as that on genetics, not at hand to most practicing physicians. By contrast, "Seizure Disorders" is uneven and limited. The table, "Anticonvulsant drugs for absence and atypical