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Current practice of clinical electroencephalography ed 2. Edited by David D. Daly and Timothy A. Pedley New York Raven Press 1990 844 pp illustrated $85

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Current Practice of Clinical
Electroencephalography, ed 2
Edited by David D . Daly and Timothy A . Pedlty
New York. Raven Press, 1990
844 pp, illustrated, $SS.OO
The long-awaited second edition of Current Practice of Clinical Electroencepbalograpby by Drs Daly and Pedley has finally
been published. The first edition, compiled by Drs Klass
and Daly nearly a dozen years ago, set very high standards.
Happily, the editors have put together a fine text, which
encompasses considerably more territory than the previous
edition. Indeed, the title is no longer appropriate, and “Current Practice of Clinical Neurophysiology” would better describe the contents. EEG is emphasized, but evoked potentials and sleep recording are included too. A chapter is also
devoted to long-term video-EEG monitoring, perhaps the
most important clinical EEG advance in the past decade.
As in many multiauthored texts, the writing style varies in
quality, material is occasionally duplicated from one chapter
to the next, and some chapters are stronger than others.
Many chapters, such as those by Dr Gotman (computerized
EEG analysis), Dr Radtke (sleep disorders), and Dr Daube
and colleagues (intraoperative monitoring), serve mainly to
review topics that themselves deserve entire texts. By and
large, these chapters are well written and provide a reasonable introduction for the novice. The chapters by Drs Kellaway (normal EEG), Hrachovy and colleagues (neonatal EEGj,
and Westmoreland (benign variantsj merit special plaudits
for their excellence. The evoked potential sections provide
solid foundations for their material. One might have hoped
for more comprehensive reviews by Drs Kaplan and Lesser
and Dr Ajmone-Marsan, given the growing popularity of
long-term monitoring and intracranial EEG recording. A
much-advertised and commercialized method, computerized
topographic EEG mapping, is notably omitted from this book
save for brief mention by Dr Gotman. This absence is undoubtedly a not very subtie jibe by the editors, given their
emphasis on all other clinically applicable techniques.
This book is aimed at the trainee in clinical neurophysiology but is useful to the experienced electroencephalographer
as well. It will certainly be considered one of the premier
textbooks in clinical neurophysiology and become an essential part of every neurology and EEG laboratory library. This
reviewer can only hope that the third edition will arrive before another decade has passed.
Michael R . Sperling, MD
Handbook of Sleep Disorders
Edited by Michael j . Thoipy, MD
New York, Marcel Dekkw, 1990
920 pp, illmtrated, $1 6S.00 USICanah,
$ 1 98.00 all other countries
Sleep disorders medicine is of increasing significance to the
neurologist. The editor and authors of this handbook have
largely achieved their stated goal of presenting a neurologic
view of sleep medicine. The book begins with a section on
the physiology of sleep which includes an excellent chapter
on neural control of respiration. The major portion of the
book is devoted to clinical sleep disorders. Narcolepsy is
reviewed in three chapters and there is a good discussion of
the sleep apnea syndromes. There are excellent chapters on
sleep in various chronic neurologic disorders. Topics peculiar
to the pediatric age group are also presented.
Although diagnostic tests such as polysomnography and
the multiple sleep latency test are discussed, technical details
of performing these tests are not included. A glossary is included at the end of the book, but this terminology is not
consistently used throughout. The index is complete and
there IS cross referencing within the text when topics are
discussed in different chapters.
The Handbook of Sleep Ddsordws is a very useful volume for
any neurologist who treats patients with sleep disorders. For
the general neurologist, it provides background on common
sleep disorders and changes in sleep that occur with neurologic diseases; this information is not found in most standard
neurologic texts.
Albert Eble, MD
Mutism
By Yvan Lebrun, PhD
London, Wbuw Publishers, 1990
124 pp, illustrated, E18.50
The borderland between neurology and psychiatry is immense, but this difficult area is negotiated only rarely. The
rewards for successfully bridging this rocky territory, however, are many. D r Lebrun has addressed the issue of mutism
in a short treatise and has demonstrated the value of bringing
both neurologic and psychiatric perspectives to bear in attempting to analyze an interesting clinical condition. His discussion has adopted the structure of a differential diagnosis.
According to Dr Lebrun, the major causes of mutism are
either functional or organic. Functional mutism may be total
or selective. Organic mutism, by comparison, will vary in
character depending on the portion of the neuraxis that is
compromised. Mutism may be due to insult to a peripheral
organ, for example, or to insult to the central nervous system.
If central in origin, the mutism may be developmental or
acquired, and if the latter, may follow insult to the posterior
fossa or one of several loci within the cerebral hemispheres.
In each case, Dr Lebrun reviews much of the available literature in a critical fashion. This consists of case studies from
widely disparate sources, and Dr Lebrun had done an admirable job given the unequal quality of the original case descriptions. The implications of the final diagnosis for prognosis
and therapy are discussed. In sum, Mutism provides a brief
but interesting description of an elusive condition, while it
also illustrates the value of bringing both neurologic and psychiatric views to bear in attempting to understand a clinical
condition of common interest.
Murray Grossman, MD, PhD
434 Copyright 0 1991 by the American Neurological Association
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