Textbook of Clinical Neurology

Textbook of Clinical Neurology

1310 Book Reviews sions, drains, and general and local anesthesia, are not discussed. Finally, the scope of the book seems unnecessarily broad, as pr...

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sions, drains, and general and local anesthesia, are not discussed. Finally, the scope of the book seems unnecessarily broad, as practitioners are unlikely to use pages outside their own specialty. Recommended Readership: Surgical practitioners. Overall Grading:

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Mark D. Sawyer, MD, Department of Surgery, Mayo Clinic Rochester, Rochester, Minn

Primary Care Oncology, edited by Kathryn L. Boyer, Melissa Belle Ford, Alice F. Judkins, and Bernard Levin, 469 pp, with illus, $45, Philadelphia, Pa, W. B. Saunders Company (telephone: 800-545-2522),1999, ISBN 0-7216-7316-3

Type of Book: A multiauthored text written by the faculty of the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. Scope of Book: An overview of oncology in the primary care setting. Contents: The book consists of 24 chapters that review major tumor groups, issues regarding supportive care, and, briefly, endof-life concerns. Each chapter presents a concise overview of the epidemiology, natural history, and treatment options for specific tumors in an easy-to-read format with helpful diagrams. In addition, there is a concerted effort to describe the posttreatment surveillance recommendations for each tumor type. Certain chapters provide specific recommendations for referral to specialists. Strengths: The major strengths of this book are the concise overview of the major tumors, the general indications for treatment, and the follow-up recommendations. Deficiencies: Although the text reviews indications for the treatment of each tumor type, it lacks the detailed information to make specific treatment recommendations. Recommended Readership: This book is intended for advanced practitioners (physician assistants, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists). Overall Grading:

***

Scott H. Okuno, MD, Division ofMedical Oncology, Mayo Clinic Rochester, Rochester, Minn

Orthopaedic Surgery: The Essentials, edited by Mark E. Baratz, Anthony D. Watson, and Joseph E. Imbriglia, 955 pp, with illus, $99, New York, NY, Thieme Medical Publishers (telephone: 800-782-3488),1999, ISBN 0-86577-779-9

Type of Book: A multiauthored single-volume paperback review of orthopedic surgery. Scope of Book: This text comprehensively reviews all aspects of orthopedic surgery. Special attention is given to areas infrequently reviewed in orthopedic texts, such as ethical, economical, legal, and political issues relevant to orthopedic surgery. Contents: The 64 chapters of the book are divided into 19 sections covering all aspects of orthopedics. The editors dedicated 1 or more chapters to each of the formal orthopedic specialties (pediat-

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ric, oncology, spine, etc). Also included are helpful chapters on basic sciences, diagnostic studies, soft tissue coverage, nerve injuries, infections, and orthopedic issues in aging. Logically, trauma is discussed in chapters reviewing particular parts of the body (eg, elbow trauma in the elbow chapter), rather than in a separate chapter devoted to trauma. A novel addition is the inclusion of timely chapters on economical, medicolegal, and social issues relevant to the field. Strengths: The book features numerous illustrations and diagrams, clinical "pearls" at appropriate points in the text, and sample questions for self-assessment at the conclusion of each chapter, long overdue features in volumes of this type. Another "plus" is the detailed explanation of all eponyms and physical examination maneuvers as they appear in the text. Deficiencies: The chapter on sports medicine is too brief and should be expanded in general and to include examples of injuryspecific rehabilitation programs. The chapter on anesthesia for orthopedic procedures is interesting but suffers from a puzzling absence of diagrams or illustrations, which are plentiful throughout the rest of the book. Recommended Readership: Currently the best example of its genre, this book will serve as a helpful review encompassing the depth and breadth of orthopedics for students at all stages in the field. Physicians in training or preparing for board certification examinations will find it exceedingly helpful. Overall Grading:

****

Paul M. Huddleston III, MD, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Mayo Clinic Rochester, Rochester, Minn

Textbook of Clinical Neurology, edited by Christopher G. Goetz and Eric J. Pappert, 1220 pp, with illus, $75, Philadelphia, Pa, W. B. Saunders Company (telephone: 800-545-2522), 1999, ISBN 07216-6423-7

Type of Book: A multi authored textbook of general neurologic topics. Scope of Book: This text is intended as a general reference and information source for a broad scope of topics relevant to the clinical practice of general neurology. Contents: The book presents a broad-spectrum review of neurologic problems that are likely to be encountered in the practice of general neurology. The book is divided into 3 sections devoted to neurologic symptoms, common neurologic ancillary testing, and disease-specific discussions. Each section contains numerous chapters dealing with multiple topics. The common neurologic disorders are discussed along with rare disorders that are unlikely to be recognized outside a neurologic specialty practice. A companion CD-ROM (not available for this review) has numerous video examples referenced within the text of the chapters. Strengths: This book nicely reviews a broad array of topics. It includes a section on neurologic differential diagnosis based on presenting symptoms, an area that, in general, has been lacking in previous textbooks of similar caliber.

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Deficiencies: The broad scope of the text does not allow an indepth discussion of either common or uncommon neurologic problems. Although the list of topics addressed is comprehensive, the coverage of the individual subjects is often superficial. The book is well referenced, however, for readers who wish to explore particular topics in more depth. Recommended Readership: The book is most appropriate for neurology residents and students with a particular interest in neurology. It may also be appropriate for general neurologists as a quick source of reference to more detailed reviews.

Overall Grading:

***

Eric J. Sorenson, MD, Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic Rochester, Rochester, Minn

Drug Therapy 1999: A Critical Review of Therapeutics, by Milo Gibaldi, 488 pp, $59.95, New York, NY, McGraw-Hill (telephone: 800-722-4726), 1999, ISBN 0-07-134990-1

Type ofBook: A single-authored review of drug therapy. Scope ofBook: This text provides an overview of a wide range of topics and recent issues related to drug therapy. Contents: The first chapter offers a concise review of new drugs by therapeutic category. The next chapter systematically reviews controlled clinical studies by disease category, followed by a chapter on less well-controlled studies. Subsequent chapters cover such useful topics as vaccines, biotechnology, and alternative medicine. Individual chapters are devoted to issues related to regulatory actions, medical ethics, and therapeutic controversies. The topics are covered in I or 2 pages with appropriate references in the text. Studies from major medical journals and information from respected news sources are widely quoted. Strengths: The book provides a convenient source for information on a wide variety of topics. The opinions are carefully thought out and well balanced. Deficiencies: Because such a wide range of topics is covered by a single author, not everyone will agree with all the conclusions. However, the broad scope of the book makes up for this possible deficiency. Recommended Readership: This book would be useful for all medical practitioners.

Overall Grading:

*****

James J. Lipsky, MD, Clinical Pharmacology Unit, Mayo Clinic Rochester, Rochester, Minn

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