October 1980

Textbook of Child Neurology, ed 2

Author Affiliations

Children's Hospital Medical Center 300 Longwood Ave Boston, MA 02115


by John H. Menkes, 695 pp, Philadelphia, Lea & Febiger, 1980.

Am J Dis Child. 1980;134(10):1008. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1980.02130220082045

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The second edition of Menkes' Textbook of Child Neurology remains the most generally useful in the field. It is comprehensive, yet not oversized, the second edition representing the addition of about 100 pages. Menkes cites a number of developments, particularly the computerized tomographic (CT) scan, to warrant the second edition, but in fact CT scan representation of neurologic disease is not extensively presented. For example, the section on "Congenital Anomalies" would profit by more in vivo CT illustrations of the gross malformations described, and a number of other sections would profit as well. The book retains the considerable advantage of essentially single authorship, which gives balance and not too much bias to the presentation. At the same time, the contribution by colleagues is excellent, particularly Dr Gabriel's discussion of malformations of the CNS and Dr Kinsbourne's chapter on "Disorders of Mental Development." As might be expected, the section on