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August 2000

Handbook of Lower Extremity Neurology

Arch Neurol. 2000;57(8):1228. doi:

The Handbook of Lower Extremity Neurology is a difficult book for a neurologist to review, as it is written for the podiatric and general medical communities rather than neurologists. It is designed as a reference manual on disorders likely to present to primary care physicians rather than an instructional text on lower-extremity evaluation.

The format chosen by the editors results in the repetition of descriptions of some disorders in several chapters. Polymyositis, for instance, is discussed under acute neuromuscular weakness, rheumatologic diseases, neuroimmunology, and paraneoplastic syndromes but not under myopathies. I personally think that a format addressing specific complaints, such as weakness or pain, rather than a mix of chapters covering complaints, etiologies, and anatomical structures, would be more user-friendly.

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