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Book Review
June 2004

Neurological Disorders: Course and Treatment

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SUSAN T.IANNACCONEMD

Arch Neurol. 2004;61(6):979-980. doi:10.1001/archneur.61.6.979

edited by Thomas Brandt, Louis R. Caplan, Johannes Dichgans, H. Christoph Diener, and Christopher Kennard, 1574 pp, with illus, ISBN 0-12-125831-9, San Diego, Calif, Academic Press, 2003.

This book will be useful for neurologists, internists, residents, and those involved in the care of patients with adult neurological diseases. Most of the chapters in the text follow a novel tack and include sections devoted to "treatments no longer recommended" or "practical management issues," a feature unheard of in other modern neurology textbooks. The authors deserve praise for addressing important problems such as headaches during menopause or neuroprotective therapies for traumatic brain injury. This book is geared heavily toward the practical aspects of neurological diagnosis and treatment, a feature that helps the practicing neurologist most of all. Whole chapters that discuss restless leg syndrome, deep brain stimulation for movement disorders, and neural prostheses illustrate how far the field of neurology has advanced. The book also recognizes the giant strides neurologists have made in both the diagnosis of and specific treatment protocols for neurological diseases. Where appropriate, the authors mention the services provided by special interest groups such as the Muscular Dystrophy Association (Tucson, Ariz). The array of services on the World Wide Web might negate this feature, but it is still a thoughtful move.

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