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Book and Media Review
March 2016

Review of Manual of Botulinum Toxin Therapy, 2nd ed

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Neurology, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield, England
JAMA Neurol. 2016;73(3):359. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2015.3462

Manual of Botulinum Toxin Therapy, 2nd ed
Daniel Truong, Mark Hallett, Christopher Zachary, Dirk Dressler, eds
315 pp, $99, ISBN 979-1-10702-535-6, New York, New York, Cambridge University Press, 2014.

The second edition of the Manual of Botulinum Toxin Therapy is a highly readable book replete with excellent illustrations. The editors have put together 33 highly readable chapters with contributions from 54 experts spanning 5 continents. This book maintains the balance between its dual roles: a handy reference to busy clinicians and an authoritative text.

The first chapter by Frank J. Erbguth is replete with interesting anecdotes like the one on the use of botulinum toxin for political assassinations and contains a gripping portrayal of the outbreaks of “sausage poisoning” in German villages. The second chapter by Daniel Turong and Mark Hallett is an account of the development of the botulinum toxin as a clinical tool. It maps out the huge labyrinth of clinical research that began with Alan Scott’s quest for a chemical that can weaken the extraocular muscles.

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