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 $24код для вставкиСкачать
BOOKS 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 syndrome. 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 226 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 $24.50 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 children. 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.