Antiepileptic drugs Quantitative analysis and interpretation edited by C. E. Pippenger J. Kiffin Penry and Henn Kutt raven press New York 1978 367 pp tables $29код для вставкиСкачать
- BOOKS Books Received and Brief Reviews The Harvey Lectures, Series 71 (1975-1976), by Eduiard A. Boy.te, Eugene Brauriu'ald, Joseph G. Gall, Donald R. Griffin, Roger Guillemin, Seymour S. Kety, Beatrice Mintz, Academic Press, New York, Lloyd/. Old, avid Wallace P. ROWK, 1978, 327 p p , i h t r a t e d , $19.50 The series contains important reviews of Seymour Kety's work on the biological roots of mental illness and Roger Guillemin's o n the control of adenohypophysial functions by central nervous system peptides. Fundamentals of Stroke Care: Reports of the Joint Committee for Stroke Resources, edited by A . L. Sahs and E. C. Hartman, U S Department of Health, Education, and Welfare Publication No. ( H K A ) 76-14016, U S Government Printing Ofjice. Wa.thiiigton, DC, 442 pp, 1976 A comprehensive, if uncritical, compendium by the Joint Committee for Stroke Facilities, sponsored by the National Institute of Neurological and Communicative Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health. Each chapter reflects the views of different groups, and, not surprisingly, recommendations for extensive diagnostic procedures and management emerge. One can't help wishing that the recommendations in such volumes carried with them some evidence of their relative merit over less expensive alternative approaches which would allow one to focus high-cost technology and clinical resources on patients best suited to profit from them. Tables are extensive and useful. Bibliography is comprehensive. Modern Concepts in Brain T u m o r Therapy: Laboratory and Clinical Investigations, National Cancer Institute Monograph N o . 4 6 , US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Beiherdaa.M D . 1977,250 pp, illustrated, 38.00 Adverse Mechanical Tension i n the Central Nervous System, by Alf Brie& Almqvist 6 Wiksell, Stockholm, 1978, 264 pp<illustrated, $64.00 This extensively illustrated volume elaborates the views of Brieg, who was formerly Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at the Karolinska Hospital in Stockholm. The orientation is a combination of orthopedic and neurological. O n e gathers that most of the conclusions are inferential but based on the thesis that much spinal cord and spinal nerve root symptomatology can be explained by various forms of tension and traction on the offended structures. The result is an often sensible recommendation for treating a variety of aches and pains by postural, physiotherapeutic, and biomechanical approaches. The extensive illustrations are often informative. Antiepileptic Drugs: Quantitative Analysis and Interpretation, edited bp C.E . Pippenger, J . K$$n Penry, and h e n n Kutt, Raww Pres.i. N e u York, 1978, 367 pp, tables, $2 9.5 0 A useful volume o n methods, standardization, and pitfalls of techniques of drug measurement in various body tissues. I t is comprehensive, and the contents deserve a look by any physician using blood levels to monitor patients. Pitfalls of methods and potential errors are well described. 460 H a n d b o o k of Clinical Neurology, edited by P. J . Vinken and G . W. Bruyn, North-Holland Publishing Compan), Amsterdani-New York, 1978 Vol 32: Congenital Malformations of the Spine a n d Spinal Cord, 588 pp, illustrated, $1 02.25 The volume includes craniocervical bone malformation; Arnold-Chiari malformation; Klippel-Feil syndrome; cervico-oculo-acousticus syndrome; scoliosis and other malformations; rachischisis; meningoceles; hydromyelia; diastematomyelia; syringomyelia; cervical and lumbar stenosis; caudal aplasia; congenital tumors; arachnoid and other cysts; dermal sinuses and dermoids; angiomas; arthrogryposis multiplex congenita; and spina bifida. Production and quality are up to the usual standards. Very few references are later than 1075. Vol 33: Infections of the Nervous System, Part I, 560 pp, ilhtrated, 597.95 This much-needed volume includes chapters on bacterial meningitis; meningococcal meningitis; pneumococcal meningitis; influenza meningitis; infantile enteric meningitis; staphylococci and streptococci; Listeria monoryiogeneJ; gram-negative meningitis in adults; brain abscesses; infections of the dura and dural sinuses; bacterial infections of the spinal cord; tuberculous meningitis; chronic spinal arachnoiditis; sequelae to pertussis infection and immunization; brucellosis; syphilis; leptospirosis; leprosy; the effects of infective endocarditis; and neurological diphtherias. With antimicrobial medication changing so rapidly to meet the challenges of new parasitic strains, one hopes that the publisher will put out a biennial table with recommendations for the most modern treatment of central nervous system bacterial infections. La Dominance cirkbrale; une anthologie, edited by H . Hicaen, 479 pp, 140 F , Mouton 6 Co, Paris, 1978 The volume provides an anthology o f papers written by neurologists and neuropsychologists of many countries, all concerned with various aspects of function of the dominant cerebral hemisphere. T h e story is traced from Broca's 1865 paper on the localization of language through to HPcaen and Sauguet's treatise on aphasia in left-handers (1970). Non-Gallic manuscripts have been translated into French for homogeneity; the collection is valuable enough, however, that o n e hopes i t could be rendered into English so as to give it wide availability for neurologists and psychologists in the English-speaking world. Fundamentals of Electroencephalography, Second Edition, by K. Kooi, P. Tucker, and R. E. Marshall, 249 p p , $20.00, Harper 6 Roiij, Hagerstotcn. M D . 1078 This is the second edition of a book that provides a useful introduction to electroencephalography. The volume starts with a clearly expressed introduction to medical electronics and proceeds with the neurophysiological basis of EEG interpretation. T h e last section is devoted to dcscribing EEG changes in specific disorders, and a final section usefully cites potential artifacts which may confuse EEG interpretations. The approach of the volume is traditional, and new techniques such as spectral analysis and computerization are considered only briefly.