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Disorders of the vestibular system. Edited by Robert W. Baloh and G. Michael Halmagyi New York Oxford University Press 1996 687 pp illustrated $135

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Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychology
Edited by Todd E. Feinberg and Martha J. Farah
New York, McGraw-Hill, 1996
873 pp, illustrated, $75.00
The closely allied fields of behavioral neurology and neuropsychology have greatly expanded in recent years, in part related to the advent of multiple, new techniques for functional imaging and to the increasing interest of many
neurologists in these fields. This new book summarizes well
the current knowledge of these disciplines largely from the
viewpoint of the clinical neurologist. The editors begin this
reference work first with a section devoted to general principles, followed by major sections devoted to aphasia and other
dominant hemisphere syndromes; disorders of perception, attention, and awareness; frontal, callosal, and subcortical syndromes; memory and amnesia; dementia and delirium; epilepsy; and finally, to emotional disorders in children. About
100 authors have contributed to the text, including many
contemporary leaders of these fields. It is recommended
highly to trainees in neurology, their teachers, and to all neurologists who wish to keep abreast of the many advances in
these disciplines. The editors have given us an important
new book.
Robert A. Fishman, MD
San Francisco. CA
Meningitis: 100 Maxims
By Karen L. Roos
London, Arnold, 1996
208 pp, illustrated, $35.00
Although some readers may find a list of a hundred maxims
dealing with almost any subject somewhat off-putting, this
recent brief volume dealing with meningitis is a winner! Dr
Roos has focused on the very practical issues of the diagnosis
and management of the meningitides as well as the pathophysiology and complications of these heterogeneous disorders. A concise, up-to-date bibliography accompanies each
maxim, and the book is well indexed. While it is not a replacement for the several authoritative reference works that
deal with the subject, it is a quick read, focused, and highly
accessible for the busy reader. It is highly recommended for
all clinicians faced with patients with the diverse forms of
meningitis.
Robert A. Fishman, MD
San Francisco, CA
Disorders of the Vestibular System
Edited by Robert W. Baloh and G. Michael Halmagyi
New York, Oxford University Press, 1996
687 pp, illustrated, $135.00
This book contains 46 chapters written by authors across the
world selected by Robert Baloh from the United States and
Michael Halmagyi from Australia. These two neurologists are
tops in their field and have contributed greatly to our understanding of patients with vestibular disorders. The book is
organized into the following four sections: (1) anatomy and
physiology of vestibular function relevant to the clinic, (2)
history, clinical examination, and vestibular testing, (3) specific disorders and management, and (4) general treatment of
vertigo. One major problem with all multiauthored books is
the lack of cohesiveness. The editors overcome this problem
by including one to two overview chapters at the beginning
of each of the first three sections of the book. These are key
chapters that are very readable by individuals at any level.
The other chapters are excellent for more detail. At 687
pages, the book is a tome, but an excellent reference. Appropriately, all references are included on 74 pages in the back
of the book to eliminate duplicate citations that occur in
books referenced at the end of each chapter. The numbers of
illustrations are more than adequate. The line drawings are
excellent, but some of the figures from glossy prints did not
reproduce well, especially those from magnetic resonance imaging scans. Some of the more unique chapters in the book
include key neurotransmitters in the vestibular system, hereditary vestibulopathics, vestibular disorders due to cerebrovascular disease, psychiatric aspects of vestibular disorders,
and motion sickness and its treatment and prevention. This
is the largest book published in this area. Although the overview chapters are excellent, the book is probably overkill for
health care providers just getting started, who would be better served by several other smaller books that are single authored. The book stands out from the rest as an excellent
reference book and should appeal to physicians who see a
substantial number of patients with vertigo. Basic scientists
working in the vestibular system will also find this book relevant due to the inclusion of pertinent anatomy, physiology,
and pharmacology in several of the chapters, many of which
are written by individuals with a strong basic science background.
Ronald J. Tusa, MD, PhD
Miami. FL
Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain and Spine,
ed 2
Edited by Scott W. Atlas
Philadelphia, Lippincott-Raven, 1996
1675 pp, illustrated, $245.00
The long-awaited second edition of Scott Atlas’ Magnetic
Resonance Imuging of the Brain and Spine is out, and is well
worth the wait. This updated version of his now classic text
uses the same successful formula as his 1991 edition but has
been carefully expanded and improved in a number of areas.
Atlas provides a comprehensive review of topics relevant to
imaging of the central nervous system, from basic physics to
clinical and pathologic correlations. The 1675-page singlevolume text consists of 32 chapters contributed by 57 wellrespected experts in neuroradiology, neuropathology, neurology, and allied fields.
The new edition has been strengthened considerably by an
infusion of new color diagrams and color neuropathologic
material throughout most chapters. New or extensively revised sections on central nervous system phakomatoses, dis-
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