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Everyday doctoringЧa new approach to the logic and reasoning of neurology and medicine.

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By Richard Peatfeld
Berlin, Springer-Verlag, 1986
170 pp, illustrated, $49.00
Brief Book Reviews
by Fred Plum, M D
Diagnostic Reference Index of Clinical Neurology, ed 2
By Pasquale F . Fine&
Boston, Butteruorths, 1986
424 pp, illustrated, $29.95
The first edition of Dr Finelli’s reference index appeared in
1980 and was a gold mine for both staff physicians and residents seeking quick reference to the literature because of its
more than 4,000 citations. This edition supplements but
does not duplicate the first. Entries are problem-oriented key
words and, as the author says, they allow the user to scan
large amounts of material quickly and easily for information.
Even those who possess their own computers for literature
retrieval will find the book a faster reference for gross detections although perhaps less exhaustive than the usual computerized retrieval system. Even more, Finelli has done the
sifting so necessary to find the reference, and even the handiest portable machine weighs a good deal more than this
useful paperback. I find it an indispensable sourcebook.
Dr Peatfield is a senior registrar at Leeds County, United
Kingdom, and he has turned out a well-written, clear exposition that is both enjoyable and informative. Very little has
really changed in terms of basic understanding of headache in
the past several years, and it is difficult to find something new
to say about the disorder. Nevertheless, in a relatively succinct volume, Peatfield has woven together epidemiological
material, good statistics on controlled studies where they
exist, and a number of clinical investigative analyses, particularly from Britain. Indeed, our British friends have done far
more in the way of careful clinical pharmacological studies in
the headache field in the past several years than have come
through this country. Despite the absence of much that is
fundamentally new, Peatfield’s book manages to avoid being
simply a rehash and gave this reader a sense of a fresh approach. It could be read chapter by chapter and will provide
more reward as a narrative than as a reference work. It is the
best, most recent, and sensible book on this subject that has
crossed my desk.
Intractable Epilepsy: Experimental and Clinical Aspects
Edited by Dieter Schmidt and Paolo Lucio Morselli
New York, Raven, 1986
269 pp, illustrated, $49.50
Epilepsy-Electroclinical Syndromes
Edited by Hans Luders and Ronald P. Lesser
London. Springer-Verlag, 1987
390 pp, illustrated, $100.00
This book goes well beyond the implied restrictions of the
title; the authors provide useful information on a variety of
the epilepsies in 14 chapters with physiology as a major
emphasis. The book could serve as a useful supplementary
Everyday Doctoring-A New Approach to the Logic
and Reasoning of Neurology and Medicine
By Sheldon Margulies
Baltimore, Panda, 1987
The author, who is a member of the University of Maryland
faculty, has attempted to put into everyday language the essence of neurological diagnoses (where is the lesion? what is
its pathology? what is its pathogenesis?) as well as agood deal
of internal medicine. The goal is admirable, but the book
suffers from trying to encompass an overwide horizon ranging from defining the superficial layer of the skin (the epidermis), and philosophy (“there are only two things in this world
that motivate people: love and money”) to an erroneous
notion that patients with acute lesions involving the paraabducens area in the pons would be stuporous because of
injury at that level. Mechanism receives little attention, basic
science almost none. Many definitions are provided, some of
which are puzzling, such as “encephalitis. . . means that there
are cortical signs like confusion, aphasia and seizures.” The
bibliography is provided chapter by chapter, but at the end
of the book, and in many instances the authors ignore standard bibliographical style.
The volume includes a collection of papers presented at a
1985 workshop held in France. Topics include experimental
research, diagnostic evaluation, therapeutic evaluation, prognosis, and management. Not much in the book is new to the
experienced reader.
A n Introduction to Diagnosis and Management
of Common Neurological Disorders
By Peritz Scheinberg
New York, Raven, 1986
296 pp, $28.50
This is the third edition of a deservedly popular text. Judging
from the bibliography, the material has been revised up to as
late as 1984. The book‘s structure is traditional, moving from
patient examination and major disease categories to symptom categories. A rare 28-page section on pediatric neurology is included. Dr Scheinberg clearly introduces his own
considerable experience in the discussions of management,
and the chapter on the spinal cord represents a totally new
rewriting. The book deserves to maintain its past popularity.
Mechanisms of Secondary Brain Damage
Edited by A. Baethmnn, K. G. Go, and A. Unterberg
New York, Plenum, 1986
406 pp, illustrated, $69.50
This volume provides the proceedings of a N A T O workshop held in February 1984. Experts in several areas discuss
Copyright 0 1988 by the American Neurological Association
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