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Books, Journals, New Media
November 25, 1998

Movement Disorders: Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 1998;280(20):1796-1797. doi:10.1001/jama.280.20.1796-JBK1125-3-1

This text, now in its third edition, has been updated and enlarged. With one North American and one European editor, the authorship is widely international and representative of the global movement disorder field. With each edition, the text has grown, so that the current volume is over 1000 pages, and the references are up-to-date with many from 1997.

All movement disorders are discussed, and some neurological entities not traditionally considered under this rubric are also added. Five readable and balanced chapters cover general anatomy, physiology, neurochemistry, epidemiology, and genetics. Parkinson disease (eight chapters), Parkinsonian syndromes (six chapters), chorea/ballism (three chapters), dystonia (two chapters), myoclonus (two chapters), and tics and stereotypies (two chapters) are all discussed. Although of excellent quality, these individual chapters are not always organized in sequence, so that the flow of the textbook is sometimes confusing. As examples, genetics of movement disorders is presented as chapter 41, rather than near the beginning of the text, and surgical interventions for Parkinson disease are treated at the end of the book, rather than in sequence with the other chapters on Parkinson disease and its treatment.