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Book Reviews
February 2000

Movement Disorders in Neurology and Neuropsychiatry, 2nd ed

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by Anthony B. Joseph, Robert B. Young, 726 pp, with illustrations, $150, ISBN 08-654-252-3X, Malden, Mass, Blackwell Science, 1999.


Copyright 2000 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2000

Arch Neurol. 2000;57(2):279. doi:

This textbook covers movement disorders from both neurological and neuropsychological vantage points. The textbook is incredibly comprehensive, describing drug-induced movement disorders, dementias, mood and movement, a variety of other psychiatric disorders, tremor, dystonia, disorders of sleep, childhood disorders of movement, and special topics included in chapter 10.

In general, the chapters are extremely well written and offer good clinical perspective. The textbook appears to have a more psychiatric than neurological perspective, but all topics are covered in reasonable detail. Testing the index, I looked up the condition corticobasal ganglionic degeneration and I found a brief discussion in chapter 26 on Parkinson disease and parkinsonism. The general discussion there is minimal for a textbook on movement disorders, although there is a detailed description of psychogenic movement disorders and conversion reactions. The first 22 chapters thoroughly cover a variety of drugs that induce various movement disorders. There are chapters in this book, such as "Pathological Crying and Laughter," "Sleep Bruxrism," and "Mirror Movements," that cannot be found in similar textbooks. Some chapters are very brief; for instance, chapter 41, which covers Hallervorden-Spatz disease, is approximately 1 page of text.

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