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Child and adolescent neurology, 2nd edition
  1. M Wheater

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Edited by Ronald B David. London: Blackwell, 2005, €79.50 (US$140 (approx.); €115 (approx.)), hardback, pp 638. ISBN 1405117672

Edited by Bernard L Maria. Ontario: B C Decker, 2005, $169.95 (£95 (approx); €140 (approx.)), hardback, pp 687. ISBN 1550092928

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Perhaps 15–20% of hospitalised children have a neurological problem. There are not enough paediatric neurologists to see them all in the UK or in many other countries including the USA and Canada. So we generalists need to recognise common neurological conditions, keep up with modern treatments of simpler problems, and know when to refer the more complex. These two substantial volumes (2.0 and 2.3 kg, respectively) aim to provide “essential knowledge and collected wisdom” and to “provide busy practitioners with standard-of-care reviews” for this fascinating but daunting branch of medicine.

Child and adolescent neurology is divided into three sections. The first deals with tools for diagnosis—history, examination, and investigations. The second and longest section …

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