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Care of the neurologically handicapped child A book for parents and professionals. By Arthur L. Prensky and Helen Stein Palkes New York Oxford University Press 1982 331 pp illustrated $24

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Brief Reviews
Neurogenetic Directory
Edited by Ntznos C. Myrianthopoulos
(Vol42 of Handbook of Clinical Neurology
Edited by P . J . Vinken and G . W . Bruyn)
Amsterdam, ElsevierlNorth Holland Publishing Company, 1981
772 PP
This concluding volume of Handbook of Clinical Neurology is a
compendium of neurological disorders which show familial
aggregation or a clear pattern of inheritance. The book lists
over 470 conditions, divided into thirteen categories. Unfortunately, there is no index.
The articles emphasize clinical aspects rather than molecular genetics. They also reflect the state of knowledge of the
subject, varying from purely clinical descriptions ( e g , of the
Jumping Frenchmen of Maine or of “ataxia with muscle fasciculations”) to discussions of entities for which the biological
basis and classification are relatively well understood (e.g.,
GM2 gangliosidosis type I, Tay-Sachs disease).
Neurologists who are faced with an unusual patient and
want to find out if anyone else has described something similar may want to leaf through this book. It should also be
useful for refreshing one’s memory about an odd hereditary
Historical Aspects of the Neurosciences:
A Fesrschrift for Macdonald Critchley
Edited by F . Clifford Rose and W . F . Bynum
New York, Raven Press, 1981
557 pp, illustrated, $58.00
This volume is based on a symposium held at the Medical
Society of London in 1980 in honor of D r Macdonald Critchley, President of the World Federation of Neurology and one
of the founders of the Hisrory of Neurosciences group, as
well as one of the most renowned clinical neurologists in the
world. This delightful, urbane book contains a brief biographical sketch and appreciation of D r Critchley followed by an
extensive historical overview of the neurological sciences.
There is much that will be of interest to all neurologists and
neuroscientists as well as to medical historians. The book is
lavishly illustrated, with formal portraits as well as candid
shots of famous neuroscientists, reproductions from their
own works, and photographs and drawings of the places
where they worked. This elegant volume is a worthy
festschrift for an eminent neurologist, and the editors are to
be congratulated.
Vestibular and Oculornotor Physiology:
International Meeting of the Barany Society
Edited by Bernard Cohelz
Neu, York, The Neuj York Academy of Sciences. 1981
902 pp, illustrated, $1 75.00
The Barany Society was founded in 1960 by Professors Naylan and Hallpike with the aim of promoting contact between
scientists and clinicians so as to stimulate otoneurological research. The seventy-four papers presented at the latest meeting of the society cover a wide range of topics in otoneurology. The chapters on vestibular, visual, and central nervous
system interaction will be of interest to clinicians and scientists, but the high price of the volume will limit its audience to
individuals with more than a superficial interest in vestibular
and oculomotor physiology.
T h e Dictionary of Medical Ethics
By A. S. Duncan
New York, Crossroadicontinuurn, 1981
This unusual volume gives a brief and generally authoritarive
discussion of a number of ethical issues that may arise during
the course of medical care. The book is meant to be useful
not only to medical students and physicians but also to members of other health care professions, to lawyers, legislators,
teachers, social workers, theologians, and pastors of all religious denominations, as well as to interested laymen. The
topics covered range from abortion and acupuncture through
brain death, euthanasia, exorcism, feticism, and hospices to
vasectomy and vivisection. Excellent sections on Christianity,
Judaism, and Islam will help the physician dealing with fatal
illness understand how beliefs and culture affect patients’ attitudes to their own impending death or that of loved ones. A
useful section on declarations summarizes such things as the
Nuremberg Code; the 1975 declaration of Helsinki, which
gives recommendations guiding medical doctors in biomedical research involving human subjects; the declaration of
Oslo on therapeutic abortion; and several other important
declarations of the World Medical Association. A wellselected bibliography is provided o n each topic. This book
would be a valuable addition to the library of anyone even
remotely connected with or interested in the field of health
care and medical ethics.
Care of the Neurologically Handicapped Child:
A Book for Parents and Professionals
By Arthur L. Prensky and Helen Stein Palkes
New York, Oxford Unieersity Press, 1982
331 pp, illustrated, $24.95
This book is designed as a practical handbook for the parents
of neurologically handicapped children and for those professionals concerned with their care. The authors describe the
roles of the various professionals, including physicians, psychologists, physical and occupational therapists, social workers, and lawyers. They indicate why a handicapped child
would be placed under the care of these professionals and
what services the parents can expect them to supply to their
Common neurological disorders (epilepsy, cerebral palsy,
birth defects, mental retardation, neuromuscular disease, and
learning disabilities and hyperactivity) are described in nontechnical language and their prognosis and general therapy
indicated. Parents of handicapped children and those involved in their care will find this a useful reference work.
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