by Neil R. Miller, 4th ed, 2693 pp, with illus, $225, ISBN 0-683-06024-4, Baltimore, Md, Williams & Wilkins, 1995.
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These final two parts of volume 5 of Walsh's classic text in the new fourth edition compare in excellence to earlier volumes and surpass any expectations previous authors could have envisioned.
The third edition, completed conjointly by Walsh and Hoyt, appeared 26 years ago. It is hard to comprehend the explosion of new knowledge about old diseases, newly discovered diseases, and new organisms. Revolutionary developments in molecular genetics and drugs to treat infections and inflammatory disease have taken place in this interval. To quote the author of the fourth edition, "It should come as no surprise, therefore, that this volume contains over 1500 pages and over 5000 illustrations compared with 312 pages and 48 illustrations in the previous edition."
Part 1 completely covers the field of central nervous system infections and inflammations. Part 2 covers viruses, demyelinating disease, and nonorganic (functional) neuro-ophthalmic problems. The index, as in the previous volumes,
Hedges TR. Walsh and Hoyt's Clinical Neuro-Ophthalmology, vol 5, parts 1 & 2, Infections and Inflammation of the Central Nervous System and Nonorganic (Functional) Neuro-Ophthalmologic Disease. JAMA. 1995;274(23):1886. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03530230070036