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Book Reviews
September 2002

Uncommon Causes of Stroke

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SUSAN T.IANNACCONEMD

Arch Neurol. 2002;59(9):1492. doi:10.1001/archneur.59.9.1492

edited by Julien Bogousslavsky and Louis Caplan, 391 pp, with illus, $200, New York, NY, Cambridge University Press, 2001.

Stroke is the leading cause of disability in the United States and the third leading cause of death. All neurologists and most internists see patients with stroke. Most of these patients have easily identifiable risk factors, such as age, hypertension, and diabetes. Nevertheless, about 30% of patients have stroke of unknown cause. These patients comprise a sizable minority in specialized stroke referral centers. They represent a considerable diagnostic and therapeutic challenge. The volume under review is an important tool for evaluating these patients.

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