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March 28, 1977

Paediatric Neurology for the Clinician

JAMA. 1977;237(13):1379. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270400083035

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The author, obviously a clinician of wide and mature experience, has managed to compress in 280 pages an extraordinary wealth of information characterized by practicality and common sense. He is writing for the pediatrician who is now going to practice pediatric neurology himself, or at least, this is what the author sets out to do. On the whole he has achieved this goal with resounding success: indeed, the book is not only comprehensive, it is elegant in its organization and its language.

This is, however, not a book to be skimmed; it must be read with great care to appreciate the dozens of clinical pearls that abound on nearly every page! The first chapters, dealing with the neurological examination, presenting signs and symptoms, disorders of mental development, specific disorders of learning, and disorders and diseases of the motor system, are particularly useful. The chapter on epilepsy is the only one