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February 1977

Paediatric Neuroradiology

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Arch Neurol. 1977;34(2):134. doi:10.1001/archneur.1977.00500140088029

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There is a need for a survey book on pediatric neuroradiology. However, on the basis of the following criticisms, this book is probably not it.

There is no single chapter on developmental anomalies; instead, the author has listed midline developmental disturbances under the chapter "Epileptiform Seizures and Brain Damage." As a separate chapter, he has "Various Neuropsychiatric Diseases," which includes microcephaly, craniostenosis, achondroplasia, and brain abscess. This means he has developmental conditions lumped together with inflammatory disease and finally cerebral degenerative diseases.

The section entitled "Techniques" includes the statement "during the first few months, the artery must be surgically exposed." This is certainly not true in major American centers where percutaneous catheterization is almost always possible. The author lists direct carotid puncture as being on equal terms with femoral artery catheterization. Certainly in the United States femoral-cerebral catheterization has taken complete dominance over any attempt to percutaneously puncture the carotid

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