Michael J. Aminoff, MD, DSc, FRCP.
Churchill Livingstone (Elsevier), Philadelphia, PA, 2008.
ISBN 978-0-443-06707-5, $199.00.
Scope: The book's goal is to discuss the neurologic aspects of medical disorders and the non-neurologic aspects of neurologic disorders. It is a multiauthored tome of 63 short chapters, mostly authored by recognized leaders in their fields.
Strengths: The shortness of the chapters allows one to dip into a topic of interest and quickly find the answers. The list of headings at the beginning of each chapter and the extensive, well cross-referenced index allow the reader to more easily take advantage of the book's structure. The accompanying online version may be helpful to the on-the-go practitioner.
Weaknesses: Although the majority of chapters appear well written, the book covers such a broad swath of medicine and neurology that an editor cannot assure complete accuracy. On some of the topics about which I am knowledgeable, there are very apparent inaccuracies. I was left to wonder if these inaccuracies are present elsewhere.
Recommended Audience: General neurologists and general medicine physicians would be likely to benefit most from this book. It would also be particularly helpful to those who attend on a general neurology consult service. Even those who specialize but remain interested in other subspecialty areas of neurology would also find this book interesting and useful.
Critical Appraisal: Despite its flaws, this textbook has a place on the bookshelf of practitioners who are frequently exposed to aspects of general neurology and medicine.
Beau B. Bruce, MD
Departments of Ophthalmology and Neurology