Author Affiliation: Department of Neurology and Neurophysiology, Cantonal Hospital St Gallen, St Gallen, Switzerland.
by Walter G. Bradley, 347 pp, with illus, $25, ISBN 13: 978-1-932594-46-1, New York, New York, Dana Press, 2009.
The fastest tennis aces are apparently played at 150 mph (which is quite equivalent to 60 m/s, the conduction velocity of many human nerve fibers). So how does the brain manage that a player generates an ace at that speed and how does an opponent manage to react appropriately? What separates the amateur from the pro? If you ever thought about that, this book may also offer something for you. Otherwise, this book is meant for your patients.
It is the age of Web 2.0 and patients will gather all sorts of information about their condition from the Internet, right or wrong, and will sooner or later confront us with what they found. We may feel intimidated by that but there is probably no way to avoid it. Patients and their family need to know what neurological disease they have and informed patients with chronic conditions are more likely to follow their physician's advice. Bradley's book is a valuable tool for all those who want to be aware of what is going wrong in their nervous system.
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