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September 1991

Essentials of Neurology

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Hanover, NH

Arch Neurol. 1991;48(9):899. doi:10.1001/archneur.1991.00530210025010

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That a book can go through six editions speaks to some degree for its quality.

Essentials of Neurology continues to be a good book. It is not extensive enough to be a reference and not oriented toward pathophysiology, so it cannot be considered a basic text for students. It is predominantly a primer of the phenomenology of clinical neurology; an elaboration of basic principles of evaluation of the nervous system with an overview of the major entities (systems, signs, and broad disease categories).

The audience should be the resident in internal medicine, the primary physician, and, possibly, also the beginning neurology resident. The text is more extensive than past editions but appears not much larger, probably because of the reduction in the size of the print; it is fortunate that youngsters with good eyes will be the main audience.

The motivated trainee will find this book a good starter and,

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