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Clinical neuroendocrinology (contemporary neurology series no. 14) By Joseph B. Martin Seymour Reichlin and Gregory M. Brown F. A. Davis Company Philadelphia 1977 410 pp r illulustratrd $30

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A T e x t b o o k of Epilepsy
Edited by John Laidlaw und Alan Richens
ChrilrhilllLivinRstone, Edinburgh-London-New York,1 9 7 6
.3 89 p p , illustrated, $ 3 9.50
Retiewed by Robert C . Collins, M D
This is a superb textbook o n epilepsy. T h e larger portion is
by contributing authors who write from an extensive experience at the Chalfont Centre for Epilepsy in England. T h e
patient with epilepsy is the focus, and all aspects of his
problem are covered succinctly, yet comprehensively in 10
chapters. Traditional topics are well discussed under chapter
titles of Neurology, Fits in Childhood, Electroencephalography, Clinical Pharmacology and Medical Treatment, and
Neuropathology and Pathophysiology. In addition there are
special chapters not readily found elsewhere, including Psychiatry, Neuroradiology, and Neurosurgery. The first and
last chapter are devoted to “People with Epilepsy.” O n e
finds here a discussion of some of the most important problems in helping patients with seizures: the burden o n the
family, personal independence and overprotection, environment and stress, obtaining a driver’s license, etc. T h e
tone is conversational, occasionally even chatty, but the
message is one ofintelligence and common sense, with many
practical tips o n managing difficult problems.
The chapters are well integrated with frequent crossreferencing, which is helpful. T h e liberal use of case histories proves instructive in almost every instance. Many
tables and graphs summarize the literature and complement
the text in giving a balanced viewpoint to controversial
issues. T h e chapter o n Clinical Pharmacology by Alan
Richens is one of the best single short expositions o n this
topic in print. T h e chapters contain extensive references,
but these nowhere intrude upon the text. Most chapters
have appendices with much useful information, including
the international classification, a second special classification
of fits in childhood, pharmacokinetic data, a protocol for
clinical trials of anticonvulsants, and even a brief history of
the Chalfont Centre for Epilepsy.
There are a few disappointments. The chapters provided
by the American neurologists and the editorial advertisement which accompanies them generally detract from the
quality of the book; these chapters are unreferenced, so that
personal viewpoints and therapeutic schemes appear anecdotal and unfounded. T h e standard ”10-20 system” of montages is not used in the chapter o n electroencephalography.
A glossary of terms commonly used in epilepsy and electroencephalography would help the beginning student.
There is a large literature on epilepsy which continues to
grow, and most individual chapters found in this book are
discussed in greater detail in longer monographs, literature
reviews, and handbooks. Here, though, the editors have
brought all the issues together in a single short textbook that
is scholarly and practical and that keeps the patient as the
focus of our concern.
St
Louis. MO
284 Annals of Neurology Vol 3 No 3 March 1978
Clinical Neuroendocrinology (Contemporary
N e u r o l o g y Series, No. 14)
ByJoJeph 6.Martin, SeyrnnurReichlin, andCre,qnry M . Brnzrm
F . A.Das8i.r Company, Philadelphia, 1977
410 p p r illulustratrd, $30.00
Reziewed by Earl A . Z i m n z r m n , M D
This is the first book to be published about clinical neuroendocrinology. I t is comprehensive and well written in the best
tradition of the Contemporary NeurnlnKy Serie.\ by the F. A .
Davis Company. Although designed for the clinical neurologist, the book will be useful to a wide medical audience,
including basic scientists, medical students, and clinicians, in
addition to endocrinologists.
T h e authors have successfully synthesized a large volume
of diverse, scattered, and rapidly changing experimental and
clinical data and present it in a readable and lucid manner.
Because the book is written by three authors, the fragmentation and overlap of multiauthored texts are avoided. The
first part presents basic concepts in neurosecretion and is
followed by sections o n the regulation of each of the pituitary hormones. Chapters 1 1 and 12 are unique contributions to the neurological and psychiatric aspects of endocrine disorders. T h e effects of lesions in different parts of
the hypothalamus are reviewed and, in turn, the influences
of hormones from other endocrine organs on the brain. T h e
last three chapters provide a useful, detailed approach to the
clinical evaluation and treatment of patients, including the
indications for and utility of both neurodiagnostic and endocrine tests.
T h e book is remarkably up to date and accurate for a field
that is expanding very rapidly. Although some of the diagnostic and therapeutic aspects will change over the next few
years, this volume will remain a useful reference for many
years to come.
Neuj York, N Y
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