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June 1983

Basic Neurology

Author Affiliations

Rochester, NY

Arch Neurol. 1983;40(6):395-396. doi:10.1001/archneur.1983.04050060095035

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The authors of this book are a senior neurologist, with previous experience as the coauthor of a major neurology textbook, and a neurology resident. Their intention was to provide a basic textbook that was succinct yet comprehensive and biased toward therapy. The first chapter is an extensive account of the neurologic interview and examination, which is followed by a brief section on examination of the comatose patient. Eighteen chapters cover most neurologic diseases, with more space devoted to the more common disorders. These chapters are organized in an orderly manner, with standardized headings including definition, pathology, clinical features, diagnostic procedures, and treatment. The references are recent and provide appropriate guides to further reading. Tables, line drawings, and photographs support the clear and concise narrative. This excellent contribution fulfills the expressed aims of the authors and is among the best of the shorter textbooks of contemporary clinical neurology.

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