October 1987

Textbook of Pediatric Neurology

Author Affiliations

Departments of Pediatrics and Neurology Arizona Health Sciences Center 1501 N Campbell Tucson, AZ 85724


by Gerald S. Golden, $49.50, New York, Plenum Publishing Corp, 1987.

Am J Dis Child. 1987;141(10):1113. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1987.04460100091036

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This has been a banner year for good books on pediatric neurology, and Dr Golden's new text is no exception. Geared primarily to medical students and house officers, it is designed to form a bridge between pocket manuals and larger standard textbooks.

The book is divided into four major sections: developmental neurology, major disease categories, specific symptoms, and neurologic complications. Individual chapters are succinct, clearly written, and followed by both specific references and suggestions for additional reading.

The author's uncommon common sense is reflected in the numerous clinical "pearls" sprinkled liberally throughout the book. For example: "The Babinski sign is quite variable and unpredictable. The most important concept is that it should not be asymmetrically present at any age." His wellknown sense of humor also is evident: "Observation of the child at play provides more information than attempts to attack the child with diagnostic instruments."

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