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August 1976

The Practice of Pediatric Neurology

Arch Neurol. 1976;33(8):591-592. doi:10.1001/archneur.1976.00500080069020

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Do we really need another pediatric neurology text? The answer is still "yes," if it offers value when compared to available sources. Kenneth Swaiman and Francis Wright, with 42 contributors, bring us a 1,082-page, two-volume text that is probably the most ambitious and extensive volume of its kind to date.

The introductory section includes 64 pages on diagnosis, including sections on history and examination of the premature, newborn, and older child. These sections are sufficiently detailed to be genuinely useful to the physician who sees children infrequently. It is pleasing to see a pediatric neurology text that describes the neurologic examination comprehensively, and includes material infrequently needed in day-to-day pediatric practice, such as a dermatome chart and listing of segmental innervation of muscles. The section on laboratory tests addresses itself to spinal fluid examination and electrodiagnosis, but omits a discussion of neuroradiologic procedures.

Symptoms and signs of neurologic disease are

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