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June 2002

The Effective Clinical Neurologist

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Arch Neurol. 2002;59(6):1040-1041. doi:

2nd ed, by Louis R. Caplan and Joshua Hollander, 290 pp, $49.95, ISBN 0-7506-7226-9, Woburn, Mass, Butterworth-Heinemann Publications, 2001.

My paranoid delusion was that I was asked to review this unusual paperback with the expectation that my critique would be mean and amusing. So I sat back, unsheathed my red pen, and discovered to my dismay that although I had come to prey, I remained to cheer.

This is the second edition for the senior author. Both are well known, effective teachers in academic centers separated by a safe noncompetitive distance. Their writing style is straightforward, authoritatively rational, but never professorially pedantic. Their conversational style permits easy expression of their own differences of opinion. Here is a series of coordinated scholarly essays, salted with clinical case anecdotes and summary principles, and peppered with pertinent quotations from other authors. The special spin for neurology is well defined but many ideas are pertinent to all fields of medical practice; "Ten Commandments of Doctoring" on the last page is a tidy reminder list of ethical practice concepts that would not be unfamiliar to Hippocrates, Maimonides, or Osler.

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