June 1983

Developmental Neurology

Author Affiliations

The Park Hospital for Children Old Road Headington OX3 7LQ Oxford, England


by Hans C. Lou, 291 pp, 153 illus, $29.50, New York, Raven Press, 1982.

Am J Dis Child. 1983;137(6):606-607. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1983.02140320082028

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Pediatric neurology has been strongly developed in Denmark. This book reflects the views of one of the most productive investigators in this field.

The book has seven chapters. The first chapter covers the normal embryology of the brain and the effects of various insults that cause deviations from normal. Chapter 2 is devoted to the cerebral growth spurt. It contains an excellent summary of the work of Lou and his collaborators on normal cerebral blood flow and abnormalities observed during the perinatal period. Occasionally, Lou moves out of his own chosen field, eg, into the general problem of fetal growth rate where the coverage is less good.

The second half of the book has five chapters devoted to the major functions of the CNS and their disorders in a developmental sense. In chapter 3, vision, hearing, perception, and attention are dealt with from the neurologist's point of view, rather than