Book Review| Volume 22, ISSUE 4, e83, August 2009

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Pediatric Neurology: Essentials For General Practice

      This book on pediatric neurology is geared toward educating the primary care providers on how to approach a child with neurological signs and symptoms in their general practice. It emphasizes the importance of being able to recognize these situations and manage them appropriately, as it is not uncommon to have a large time gap between the primary visit and specialty clinic visit. The book gives a great synopsis of the more commonly seen disorders in an out-patient setting and teaches the reader the clinical skills, and gives a comprehensive review on diagnosis and management of such clinical situations. In the initial few pages, the book stresses the importance of not ordering expensive and invasive tests that can otherwise be avoided. It also emphasizes the importance of reassuring the family of the child that is affected. The first chapter is a great summary of Neuroanatomy and Physiology. The section on physical exam is a great asset to the reader, because this part of the visit can be very useful in establishing differential diagnoses and managing that particular clinical situation.
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