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BOOKS
Books Received
and Brief Reviews
Iritracranial Pressure 111, b1.J W I; Bekr. I> A Buslh, and
A1 Brock, 3 5 4 ppq illustrated $27 90, Spritiger Verlag. Nerc
Z’ork. 1976
T h e Spine: A Radiologlcal T e x t a n d Atlas, bj BetnaidS
E p cter n , 8 56 p p , z/lf(strated.$425 0 . Lta d Fehzger. Philailelphza. 7976
Pathophysiologic, Diagnostic a n d Therapeutic Aspect9
of Ileadache,Vol4. editedbj itlarj E GrangerandG Poih
128 pp. illurtratpd. $25 25. S K a r p r , Neil. York, 1976
Structure of the Autonomic Nervous System, h i Giorgto
Gaheffa,214 p p . ilImtrateif $28 50. Halsted Pra I . N e i i York
I976
Evolution of Brain a n d Behavior i n Vertebrates, edzted
hi R B itlacteston, ,\I E Bitterman. C B G Campbell, and
Nribolur Hotton, 482 pp. ~lli~ctrated,
$29 95, CJalJtfd Preir.
Neil York. 1976
The Ocular Fundus: A Color Atlas, hi Hanr-Wulther
Lassen, 195 pp, tllustrated. $45 00, W B Safindess Conzpan),
Phzladeelphzu, 1976
H a n d b o o k of Sensory Physiology: Vol ?, Auditory System, Clinical a n d Special Topics, etlzted 61 W o l f D Keicfel
and WJrllzani D N e f . 81 1 pp, tllurtrated, S 118 10, Sprznger
Verlug. Neu York, 1976
Neuropathology Case Studies: 60 Case Histories Kelated to Neuropathology, hi S)duej S Sr/!orhet, J r . and
Wfillzum F iVlcCorvizik 31 5 p p , zllu,tiated $15 00, Afedzcal
kxnmznation Ptibfr.~IhngC o m p a n ~Neu
,
York. 1976
Electrodiagnosis: A Handbook for Neurologists, bj
V Baima/ian. 161 p p , zlli~rtruted.
$16 95, Harper C Roil, .Neil Z’ork, 1977
iMarLo P Snzorto and-lohtz
The Autonomic Nervous System: A n Introduction to
Basic and Clinical Concepts, by Otto Appenzeller. 403 pp,
tllustratsd. $47.95, Amencun E l ~ r zer
i PubIi\htng Company.
Nefi York, 1976
Atlas of Cerebrovascular Disease, bp 1Villzam F . NcCornizrk and Sydney S. Stbochet, J r . 422 pp, illwstrated, $28.00,
W. B. Saunders Company, Phikadelphza, 1976
Quantitative Analytic Studies i n Epilepsy, edrted b y Peter
K e h w a ) and Ingemar Petersen, 574 pp3 zllz,waied, 535.00.
Raien Press, Neu’ York. 1976
Fundamentals of Sensorineural Auditory Pathology, 61
Wtlhani B . Dnbhn, 229 p p , S22.00,Charlec C Thomas,
Springfield. IL, 1976
T h e Neuroanatomic Basis f o r Clinical Neurology,
T h i r d Edition, b-7 Talnzuge L Peefe* 609 p p , illustrated.
$27.50, M c G r m - H d I Book. C o m p n n ~h, l e w York, 1977
This is a third edition of this well-established text, written
with a classic approach to neuroanatomy. The text itself has
been extensively rewritten, although the clinical correlations remain similar to those in previous editions. References have been reduced in number but provide greater
attention to reviews and other source material, some as late
as 1973.
Perspectives in Brain Research,edited by M . A. Cornerand
D . F . Sziiaab, 489 pp, illustrated, $67.95, Elrevier Publishing
Company. Amsterdam; 1876
This book contains a series of lectures given at the Summer School at the Netherlands Central Institute for Brain
Research in 1975. The volume bespeaks the high quality of
the activities of that institution and deserves attention and
sampling according to taste of neuroscientists in many areas.
A sad irony is that despite the excellent quality of the
volume and the scholarship it reflects, a footnote indicates
that the Institute for Brain Research is presently threatened
by governmental cutbacks which may result in its closing.
The quality of this volume, as well as the many others that
have come from the distinguished Ketherlands Institute,
emphasizes what a loss to neuroscience such an action would
be.
C u r r e n t Controversies i n Neurosurgery, edited by T . P.
Morley, 853 p p , illustrated, $3 7.50, W7. B. Saunders Company,
Philadefphia. 1976
This is a valiant effort by the Chairman of the Division of
Neurological Surgery at the University of Toronto to place
on record some of the disagreements that surround
neurosurgical practice. Discussions cover the choice of
surgery as treatment; whether or not certain procedures
(e.g., intracranial monitoring) are valuable; and, to a lesser
degree, the pros and cons of certain types of operarions.
Some of the articles, such as the whiplash section, are pithy
and candid. Many of the articles are interesting and informative. Only a few of the articles, however, get down to the
brass tacks of controversies that arise between physicians
and surgeons-and even between surgeons-over the pros
and cons of operating versus not operating in certain conditions and over ways of evaluating results between different
surgeons and different institutions. Nevertheless, D r
Morley’s book is a good first step toward this goal.
Blood-Brain Barrier i n Physiology a n d Medicine, bj
Stanlej 1. Rupoport, 31 6 pp, zllastrated, $25 .00. Razlen Press,
Neu York, 1976
This thoughtful, well-balanced, and informative monograph
is sure to become the standard reference work on bloodbrain barrier physiology.
Cerebrospinal Fluid Cytology: A n Introduction and
Atlas, b y Manfred Orbmithen, 208 pp, illustrated, $37.50,
W. B. Saunderr Company,Philadelphia. 1976
This small monograph is comprehensive, well-illustrated,
and appropriately expensive with regard to its German
origin.
Grinker’s Neurology, Seventh Edition, bji Nicholas A.
Virk, 1,086 pp. illustrated, $43.50, Charles C Thomas.
Springfield, I L , 1976
Dr Vick’s updating and rewriting of this standard textbook is
aremarkable effort of modernization. Included are over 150
pages of bibliography, many references being as late as
1973. T h e volume will continue to serve well those who
need a single-authored, one-volume text in the increasingly
complicated field of clinical neurology.
T h e Peripheral Nerve, edited by D. N . Landon, 836 pp.
illustrated, $60.00, Halsted Press, N e w York, I976
This is a multiauthored work, largely by British authors,
covering the biology and pathology of the peripheral nerve
and its end-plate. The chapters are of high quality and the
illustrations are excellent. It's a valuable reference work.
H a n d b o o k of Experimental Pharmacology: Vol 42.
Neuromuscular Junction, edited bji Eleunor Zaimis, 746pp.
illustrated. $1 14.80, Springer Verlag, hTew York. 1976
The volume is written by various authorities, mainly British,
and especially represents pharmacology. The content is
detailed and well presented, and the book can be recommended for reference to those who can afford it.
The Killers a n d Cripplers: Facts o n Major Diseases in
the U n i t e d States Today, compiled bji the National Health
Education Committee, 333 pp, illustrated, paperback, $9.95,
David MrKay Company, New York, 1976
This useful paperback gives data about a variety of illnesses
for which education of the public or legislators may influence more favorable policies toward medical research. A
substantial part of the content is devoted to neurological
diseases. All of us trying to do something about the progressively dwindling availability of research funds will find helpful information in these pages in our efforts to disseminate
wider information about our needs.
An Atlas of Clinical Neurology, Second Edition, b? John
D . Spillane, 438 pp, illustrated, 527.00, Oxford Unioersity
Press. NeuJYork? 1975
There's much here that is valuable in the way of illustrating
the physiognomy of many neurological and neuromuscular
disorders. With many neurologists receiving their graduate
training on relatively small clinical services, volumes such as
Spillane's help to broaden the clinical experience. Many
diseases are still rapidly diagnosable if one has once "seen a
case."
Local Circuit Neurons, edited by Pasko Rakir, 161 p p , ill^
trated, $12.50, The M I T Press, Cambridge, M A , 1976
MIT Press is reprinting in hardcover some of the Neurosciences Research Program bulletins which appear especially
to merit a permanent presentation. The contributors are
many, but Rakic has pulled the various contributions together to make a stimulating and well-illustrated publication on the new neuroanatomy.
The Basal Ganglia: Research Publications of the Association for Research i n Nervous and Mental Disease,
Vol55, editedby Melvin D. Yahr, 474 pp. illustrated, $35.00,
Raven Press, New York, 1976
With contents ranging from basic biology of the basal ganglia to the latest in treatment of disorders in this area, the
volume represents an impressive testament to developments in this fast-moving field. T h e conference was held in
December, 1975, making the content current.
Cell Biology of Brain, by W. E. Watson. 527pp, ilhtrated.
$35.00. Halsted Press, John Wilq 6 Sons, New York, 1976
This is a basic text by the professor of physiology at Edinburgh. It is well written and should serve advanced students
well.
Effect of Carotid Artery Surgery o n Cerebral Blood
Flow: Clinical a n d Experimental Studies, by Byyurt Jennett, J . Douglus Mill2r. ai7d A. M14rray Harper. 17.1 p p ,
illustrated. $29.95 Exrerpta iMedii-u.Neic, York, 1975
The book describes largely experimental results from the
authors' laboratories, together with the appropriate bibliographic literature and interpretation of the significance of
animal and clinical findings as applied to disease and treatment in man.
I
H a n d b o o k of Clinical Neurology, edited by P . J . Vinken
and G . W. Brziyn, North Hollund Publishing Company,
Amsterdam
Val 27. Metabolic a n d Deficiency Diseases of t h e Nervous System, Part 1. 1976, 5 j 4 pp. illustrated, 580.95;
in collaboration with Harold L. Khoaris
Vol28, Metabolic a n d Deficiency Diseases of the Nervous System, Part 11, 1976, 613 pp, zlhrtrated. $93.95:
in collaboration uith Harold L. Klauans
These two volumes represent probably the single best collection extant of high-quality essays on the biochemistrymetabolism of the brain and related diseases and disorders.
Some unevenness and datedness are inevitable in an effort
of this kind, but most of the material is up-to-the-minute,
clear, and well referenced. Content ranges from systemic
disorders of metabolism through diseases induced by organ
failure (hypercapnia is inexplicably omitted) to nutritional
diseases and disturbances of ionic homeostasis. The two
books can be recommended for reference and, in some
chapters at least, even for general informational reading.
T h e Dysraphic States, by W. James Gardner. 201 pp. illurtruted, $27.75, ElsetierlExcerptu MedicalNorth Holland?
Amsterdam, 1973
D r Gardner has long espoused the underlying principle of
dysraphism as the cause of syringomyelia and a number of
associated abnormalities. Whether or not one fully agrees
with him, no thoughtful neurologist can afford to forego
reading this epitome of his many scholarly observations and
discussions of the dysraphic states.
Manual of Electronystagmography, by Hugh 0. Barber
and Charles W~ Stackwell. 207 pp. illustrated, $24.50, The
C. V. MoJby Company. St LouiJ, 1976
Precise evaluation of nystagmus has progressed rapidly in
recent years, largely because quantitation provides insights
into diagnosis not easily obtained by mere inspection. This
monograph is clear and well written and can be recommended to those interested in obtaining more information
about this field or needing data o n some of its elemental
points.
Cold Spring Harbor Symposiaon Quantitative Biology,
Vol X L : T h e Synapse, 694 pp, illustruted. $36.00. Cold
Spring Harbor Laboratoyy, 1976
The volume is a triumph of frontiersmanship in a major
field. Structure, chemistry, receptors, connectivity, the vis-
Books
87
ual systems, and model systems are a few of the areas
covered.
T h e Nervous System in Arterial Hypertension, edited 63
Stez~~Jzrliu~
and Murraj I). E.iler. 476 pp?ilIustrufedG537.50.
Char1e.t C: Thomas, Springhekd. I L , 1076
New studies incriminate the nervous system not only as a
target organ in hypertension, but also as potentially important in its genesis. This book represents the proceedings of a
conference held in Ann Arbor, MI, in 1974 and covers most
of the recent developments in this burgeoning area of
inquiry .
Thiamine, edited by Clark J . Gubler. Moturiori Pujiwara. and
Pierre 1M.DrryfRs. 393 p p , illustrated. $27.00, John Wi1e.y &
Sons. New York, 1976
The volume contains the proceedings of a seminar held in
October, 1974. It includes both reviews of the current status
of our knowledge about thiamine and substantial new information on this crucial vitamin and diseases related to it.
T r a n s p o r t P h e n o m e n a i n the Nervous System, edtred by
Gtulio L e f t , Leonttno BattiJtin. and Abel Laitha, 541 pp,
illustrated $39 50, Plenum P r t u . h e z i York, 1976
affects. This useful monograph focuses attention o n where
we stand with this disorder in the hope that the information
provided may indicate leads toward research that could
prevent or treat the unfortunate condition.
Philosophical Dimensions of t h e Neuro-Medical Sciences,edited b.y Stuart F . SpiikeruridH. Tristrum Engelhardt,
J r , 274 pp. illu.rtrated. $29.00. D. Reidel Publishing Company.
Dordreiht, Holland. I 9 76
Inasmuch as we still have no clue to the mechanistic nature
of mind and self-awareness, some vestige of Cartesian
dualism probably scill nibbles at every thoughtful neuroscientist. N o solutions seem to be in sight, but the essays in
this volume provide interesting reflections o n the problem.
British Medical Bulletin: Multiple Sclerosis, scientific
&for J . S. Portrrjield. 92 pp3 illustrated, paperback. $12.50,
?‘he BritiJh Council, 65 Dazies St, London, January 1977
Studies o n multiple sclerosis have moved rapidly during
recent years and have increasingly focused attention o n the
immunological aspects of the disorder as well as on the
likelihood that it may be caused by an as yet unknown virus.
This multiauthored paperback is at times repetitious, but it
covers almost all that is new about the disease.
The book is the proceedings of a symposium held In Padua
in September, 19’5 It IS valuable for those interested in
blood-brain barrier, epilepsy, and metabolic disorders
thought to influence the blood-brain barrier
Review
Epilepsy: A Clinical, Electroencephalographic, and
Statistical Study of 466 Patients, bj 7bkayuki Tsuboi and
Walter Christian. 171 pp. $2.3.80. Springer Verlag. Neu, York.
1976
Atlas of Cerebral Angiography w i t h Anatomic Correlation
By Margaret M . Waddington
Little, Brown and Company, Boston. 1974
280 pps illustrateds $95 .00
This is a relatively undigested analvsis of symptoms,
findings, and EEG changes in a series of 466 patients. It’s
difficult to understand why it was made into a book.
The Cerebral Vessel Wall, edited b.y J. Crrs,os-Naz,arro,E .
Betz, F . Matakas, and R. Wullenuleber, 273 pp, illustrated,
$22.50, Ratsen Press. Ncu’ York, 1976
The proceedings of a symposium held in Berlin in 1973 o n
the pathology of the cerebral microcirculation are presented
here. As with so many such efforts, one wishes that the
communications might have been digested and edited; as it
is, the book is an uncritical presentation of the original
material, much of which has appeared elsewhere.
Clinical Examinations in Neurology, Fourth Edition, by
members of thr Department vf,fNrurolug~and the Department of
Ph.yioIogy and Biofihjsiis. Mayo Clinic and M q o Foundation
for Medical Education and Researih, 385 pp, illustrated.
525.00, W . 6 . Saunders Company, Philadelphia, 1976
This is one of the better introductions to the neurological
examination, enjoying the advantages of being constantly
revised and based on enormous clinical experience.
Infantile Spasms, byJoseph R. L a q andJ, Kiffin Penry, 169
p p , $12.50, Raven PreJs. N e u York. 1976
The condition in infancy-including
spasms, retardation,
and hypsarrhythmia on the EEG-while infrequent, produces a high incidence of mental retardation in those it
88 Annals of Neurology
Vol 2
No 1 July 1977
Retrieued b3 D . Gordon Ports, MI1
The stated purpose of this atlas is “to facilitate the understanding of the anatomy of the brain and interpretation of
the conventional angiogram.” Brain specimens, angiograms,
and colored diagrams are used to display the normal cerebral
vessels and vascular alterations that are caused by various
diseases. The atlas represents the dedicated efforts of Dr
Waddington over many years. She has been particularly
interested in the variations of branches of the middle cerebral artery and in identification of those vessels related to
the central sulcus and has devised measurements and
templates to assess the positions of these vessels.
The colored pictures of brain specimens and the diagrams
are of excellent quality, but many of the angiograms are
lacking in fine detail. T h e brain specimens often show a
wealth of anatomy, but the captions are too brief and many
important structures are unlabeled. Some of the diagrams
are useful aids to understanding vascular patterns in the
brain specimens and angiograms, but almost half of the
diagrams add very little and could be replaced by more
complete identification of structures o n the brain pictures or
angiograms.
Dr Waddington is a talented medical artist, and the
publisher is to be congratulated o n this elegant publication.
However, as an aid to the understanding of brain anatomy
and of the cerebral angiogram, the value of this atlas is
limited.
New York, NY
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