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BOOK REVIEW
Year : 2012  |  Volume : 60  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 140

Diagnosis and Management of Neurological Disorders


Prof. Emeritus, Department of Neurology, Medical College, Thiruvananthpuram, India

Date of Web Publication7-Mar-2012

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M Madhusudanan
Prof. Emeritus, Department of Neurology, Medical College, Thiruvananthpuram
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How to cite this article:
Madhusudanan M. Diagnosis and Management of Neurological Disorders. Neurol India 2012;60:140

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Madhusudanan M. Diagnosis and Management of Neurological Disorders. Neurol India [serial online] 2012 [cited 2019 Nov 13];60:140. Available from: http://www.neurologyindia.com/text.asp?2012/60/1/140/93591



Authors: U. K. Misra and J. Kalitha

Publisher: Wolters Kluwer - Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, New Delhi, India

Year: 2011, Pages: 423,

ISBN-13: 978-81-8473-191-0

This is a unique handbook for practicing neurologists in the country, which includes latest evidence-based approach in both the clinical diagnosis and management of common neurological disorders encountered in India. However, this book mainly focuses on central nervous system (CNS) infections which are dealt with in an elaborate, clinically useful manner. Except for the chapters on Guillain-Bare syndrome, stroke in tropics, cerebral venous thrombosis, nutritional disorders of CNS, and neurotoxic snake bite, all other chapters deal with CNS infections. Hence, the title "Diagnosis and management of neurological disorders" is slightly misleading because it does not deal with other neurological problems like degenerative, demyelinating, neuromuscular, and metabolic disorders of CNS, to mention a few.

This multiauthored book details nearly all aspects of current diagnosis and management of common CNS infections. Written by experts in the field of neurology, it is clearly organized with history, classification, clinical approach to the problem, essential investigations, and a detailed discussion on management. Although various authors contributed to the book, the text is uniformly easy to read and the editors' organization of the book has allowed for a logical and unified structure. The text throughout the book is supplemented by the judicious use of high-quality tables, figures, and pictures, which serve to clarify, summarize, or highlight key points in the text. Authors have thoughtfully added clinical "learning points" at the end of each chapter, which is a short summary of the chapter and is very useful for a quick review for the practicing busy neurologists. I found the chapters on Japanese encephalitis, neurological manifestations of dengue virus infection, and cerebral malaria extremely useful since such detailed description of these diseases is not found in other textbooks of neurology. All said and done, I am forced to point out certain factual errors as well as some inadvertent mistakes which, I hope will be corrected in the future editions. It is unfortunate that in some of the chapters the important work done in India has not been cited.

Overall, this book has a number of strengths including excellent author selection, practical clinical approach to the problems, good use of tables summarizing the essentials, and evidence-based management quoting landmark studies in each topic. It is an extremely comprehensive book, which details current knowledge of the large and diverse group of CNS infections.

I highly recommend this work for any practicing neurologist who handles neurology cases in his everyday practice.




 

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