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March 1985

Autonomic Failure: A Textbook of Clinical Disorders of the Autonomic Nervous System

Arch Intern Med. 1985;145(3):409. doi:10.1001/archinte.1985.00360030041006

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This book provides a series of reviews about pathophysiology, treatment, and, especially, diagnostic testing of clinical syndromes of autonomie failure. The book is organized into sections about integration of sympathetic and parasympathetic function, progressive autonomie failure, and syndromes of autonomie failure. Even cursory examination of the table of contents reveals a lack of consensus about the proper classification for the several conditions involving autonomie failure, reflecting our relative ignorance about pathophysiology in this new discipline in neurology. The chapter authors are well-chosen experts, the quality of writing is generally good, and the chapters fit together well. Several typographical errors are annoying or misleading (eg, description of prazosin as an ot-2 adrenoceptor blocker, page 164). The book is a worthwhile compilation for cardiologists, neurologists, endocrinologiste, and internists who evaluate patients with suspected autonomie failure and need to know the relevant diagnostic tests. Medical students, medical residents, and fellows should benefit from

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