June 1984

Neurological Evaluation of Infants and Children

Author Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston, TX 77550


by Henry W. Baird and Eleanora C. Gordon, 250 pp, 70 illus, $19.50, Philadelphia, JB Lippincott Co, 1983.

Am J Dis Child. 1984;138(6):591. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1984.02140440075020

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Books describing the neurologic evaluation are not easy reading, and this text is no exception. As a guide to the pediatrician at the bedside of the child, however, it should prove to be useful. The authors' goals of assisting the general physician in this area are met adequately. They state at the onset that this is not a textbook of pediatric neurology and, therefore, does not include information on the treatment of these conditions.

Following some introductory material, which includes a review of the neurologic history, there is a detailed presentation of the neurologic examination that follows the rather traditional anatomic system—based format. For each portion of the examination there are explicit directions given, followed by discussion of the importance of major abnormal findings. The directions are clear and divulge many tricks of the trade. The discussions are terse, with one or more facts presented in each sentence. A number