Book Review: A Handbook of Neurological Investigations in Children
Article first published online: 18 DEC 2009
© The Authors. Journal compilation © Mac Keith Press 2009
Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology
Volume 52, Issue 4, page 357, April 2010
How to Cite
Gupta, R. (2010), Book Review: A Handbook of Neurological Investigations in Children. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 52: 357. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8749.2009.03562.x
- Issue published online: 4 MAR 2010
- Article first published online: 18 DEC 2009
Book Review: A Handbook of Neurological Investigations in Children , A practical guide from Mac Keith Press , 2009 , £39.95 (Paperback) , 399 pages . ISBN 978-1-898683-69-8
This handbook is the successor to the Handbook of Neurological Investigations written by Professors King and Stephenson 20 years ago. In their introduction the authors say their handbook is aimed at helping all those involved in the diagnosis of children with suspected neurological disorders.’ While they acknowledge the question of whether there is still a need for such a text particularly, with the abundance of electronic information and diagnostic software, their view is that there remains an appetite for ‘a paper compendium of guidance on principle’ with a ‘philosophy of tests’.
The book is divided into three main parts. The first part gives a brief outline on the nuances of clinical history and examination in neurological disorders of childhood. The second part provides a good overview of the numerous investigations available to paediatricians and/or paediatric neurologists. The third part, which I believe is particularly useful, takes a problem-orientated approach (according to the signs and/or symptoms of a child presenting with a suspected neurological disorder) to investigating and diagnosing. Throughout the book the authors provide useful and practical guidance on diagnosing specific neurological conditions with the minimum of tests.
The book is regularly interspersed with vignettes which help illustrate the use of investigations in different clinical situations and provides diagnostic tips. The authors demonstrate the vast amount of clinical experience they have in this field.
The information provided in the handbook is clear and concise and the book’s layout, contents pages, and comprehensive index make it very easy for the reader to find the information they are looking for. At the end of each chapter there is a useful list of recommended publications for those readers who want to learn more about particular investigations or conditions.
I believe A Handbook of Neurological Investigations in Children is an extremely valuable reference for all clinicians and allied health professionals who are involved in the care of children with neurological disorders. It provides an excellent overview on investigating such children in order to try and determine a diagnosis. This practical guide undoubtedly fulfils its aim.