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The authors of this plastic-bound, pocket-sized volume "... are writing for the non-neurologist with whom the initial contact is likely to be made," and include as an emergency "any condition which can be modified by prompt action." The book is written in an engaging and chatty style, somewhat like the recording of a clinician standing at the bedside and speaking to the neophytes gathered around. The errors of the bedside discussion, leaving out details because the audience is presumed to already know them, are also found here. This might be forgiven in writing for neurologists but not in a book intended to serve as a sole information source for nonneurologic practitioners confronted by difficult circumstances.
A failure to provide adequate background for some of the recommendations is exemplified by the discussion of treating status epilepticus by giving 250 mg of phenytoin intravenously "at once." If the audience interprets this as
Peters BH. Handbook of Neurologic Emergencies. Arch Neurol. 1979;36(5):326. doi:10.1001/archneur.1979.00500410104035
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