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August 13, 1982

Neurology for the Non-Neurologist

JAMA. 1982;248(6):759-760. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330060083050

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The editors, with the aid of 18 colleagues, have provided a pragmatically organized neurology text to facilitate the needs of primary care physicians. Each of the 23 chapters is concise and clinically oriented, with simple diagrams, relevant questions and answers, and a preselected list of pertinent references for readers wishing more detailed information. The chapters on such commonly met problems as cerebrovascular disease, Parkinson's disease, dementia, and eye signs in neurological diagnosis, for example, should appeal particularly to the busy practitioner.

The text would have been helped in a minor way by a series of diagrams contrasting the sensory defects resulting from upper and lower motor neuron lesions, but the chapter on peripheral nerves is well done. Although admittedly a personal view, I would question the value of this text for medical students.

These minor quibbles aside, the volume should be useful to its primary audience—the active physician who is