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BOOKS Review Scientific Approaches to Clinical Neurology, Vols I a n d 11, edited by Eli S. Goldensohn and Stanky H . Appel, 2.040 pp. illti.rtruted.5230.00, L a 6 Febiger, Philadelphia, 1977 These two volumes represent a labor of love. G. Milton Shy, the eminent neurologist, was the first Clinical Director of the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Blindncss and later became Professor and Chairman at, first, the University of Pennsylvania and then Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. By the middle 1960s,D r Shy conceived of the need for a book that would link recent basic neuroscience discoveries in physiology and biochcmistry to the pathogenesis and treatment of clinical neurological disease. Most cif the current authors wcrc contacted before D r Shy's untimely death in 1967, and Drs Goldensohn and Appel have made extraordinary efforts since that date to fulfill the original concept and goal. These bcx>ksare the result. T h e volumes include sections on metabolic diseases, disorders affecting myelin, viral disorders, bacterial and parasitic disorders. embryogcnic disorders, paroxysmal disorders, cerebrovascular disorders, brain rumors, disorders of movement, lower motor neuron disorders, myopathies, neuroendocrine disorders, disorders of the autonomic nervous system, and pain and headache. Many of the chapters are models of how to link basic science to clinical medicine, and the covcriige is comprehensivc, detailed, and well written. The physical presentation of the books is excellcnr. Unfortunarely, must of the original manuscripts for this multiauthored text were finishcd by early 197 1 . Enormous technical advances and cvcn conceptual changes have taken placc in basic and clinical neuroscience since then, so that many of the chapters arc already badly out of date. Most of the hibliowaphy refers to the 1960s. Thus, alrhou& the hooks stand as a tribute to Dr Shy's farsibredness and to the rtedication of Drs Goldcnsohn and Appel, they *alsoreflect the rapid growth of neurological scientific knowledge and the many ways that the basic sciences have contributed to this advancement in the last decade. In this sense, then, the books are of great historical interest but have only limited vdlue as a reference to the current scientific basis of clinical ncuroloKy. Books Received and Brief Reviews S1 Units i n Medicine: A n Introduction to the International System of U n i t s w i t h Conversion Tables a n d N o r m a l Ranges, by Herbert Lippert and H . Peter Lehmann, trawslated b j H . L. Lehmann, 21 1 p p . tables, $14.50, Urban & StSuvnerrkr~.Baltinrore and Munich, 1978 Conversion to an international system of units for physical and biological variables has been agreed upon by international convention and will result in changing almost every set of units that medicine presently employs in describing laboratory variables. This book provides comprehensive tables for ready reference and should be a valuable source as the new system becomes widely adopted. 586 A Clinician's View of Neuromuscular Diseases, by Michael H. Brooke, 225 pp, illustrated, $18.95, The WiUiamr & Wdkins Company, Baltimore, 1977 Dr. Brooke's remarkable capacity for clear and commonsense teaching makes this book not only informative but also a delight to read. T h e message is didactic, the coverage comprehensive, and the discussions long enough to educate but s h o n enough not to bore. This is an excellent shelf book for general neurologists, pediatricians, and other physicians who expect to care for patients with muscle disease. It is not oriented toward those who specialize or who are concerned with the controversies of neuromuscular disorders. Neuromuscular Function and Disorders, by Alan J . MrComa~,3&$ pp, illustrated. Butterworth, London and WashinRton, 1977 Experimental Studies i n Regeneration of Spinal Neurons, by Tat'yana N . Nesmeyanwa, 264 pp, illustrated, $27.50.John Wiley 6 Sons, New York, 1977 The volume fairly completely covers research on spinal neuron regeneration carried out in laboratories all over the world. Its particular purpose, however, is to introduce derails of the results from the laboratory of the author in Moscow. The volume will be of inrerest to all who are concerned with the problems of central regeneration, including some of the controversial inferences that therapy has induced improved function in thc distal segment in patients with parapleia. The Hypothalamus (Association for Research in Nervous and M e n d Disesse, Volume 56), edited by Seymour Reirhlin. Ross J . BaUessarini. and Joseph B . Martin, 490 pp, iflustrated, $35.00, Raven Press, New York, 1978 The volume covers the proceedings of the very fine symposium held in December, 1066. The high quality of many of the papers guarantees that this book will become a classic reference on the subject. Neuroradiology Case Studies, by Ajax Efis George, Bennett Derby, and Norman E . Chase, 383 pp, illustrated, Medical Examination Publishing Company, FfushinK, N Y . 1977 Neuroanatorny Review, by Alvin M . Earh and WiUiam K . Metca& 1 6 4 pp, illustrated, $4.95 (paper), Chades C Thomas, Spring@d, IL,1977 Attention, Voluntary Contraction and Event-Related Cerebral Potentials, edited by John E. Desmedt, 256 pp, ilfutrated, 542.75, S. Kargrr, Basef, I977 Diagnosis and Rehabilitation i n Clinical Neuropsychology, by Charks J . Golden, 274 p p , $14.75, Charles C Thomas, Sprin&fd, l L , 1978 Epilepsy and You, by Frank 0 . Vofhand Patricia A . Heron, 7 0 pp, $&SO (cloth), 54.95 (paper), C b a h C Thmnar, Sprin&ld, IL,1977 A s h o n monograph by two psychologists directed at patients with epilepsy and attempting to ameliorate some of their psychosocial difficulties.