This is the second edition of ‘Neuropathology’ a volume in the series ‘Foundations in Diagnostic Pathology’ by Elsevier Saunders. The book is edited by Richard Prayson, with a total of 14 contributors.

The text is divided into 11 chapters. An introductory chapter covering CNS anatomy and histology, followed by individual chapters on vascular disease, trauma, congenital malformations, perinatal diseases and phacomatoses, dysmyelinating and demyelinating disorders, neurodegenerative diseases, infections, metabolic and toxic disorders, glial and glioneuronal tumours, non-glial tumours, and finally skeletal muscle and peripheral nerve disorders.

All of the chapters have a similar layout. Text for each diagnostic entity is broken down into clinical features, radiographic features, pathological features (gross and macroscopic), relevant ancillary investigations and differential diagnoses. One of the books great strengths is the use of tables within the text to summarise the main points and to provide an at a glance overview of each disease process. The text for each diagnostic entity is accompanied by two tables. One is a fact sheet which details the definition, incidence, gender and age distribution, clinical features, radiological features, and prognosis and treatment. A separate table summarises the pathological features including gross findings, macroscopic findings, microscopic findings, ultrastructural features, genetics, immunohistochemistry and differential diagnosis. The accompanying illustrations are of high quality and complement the text.

Chapters which I found particularly useful are those on metabolic and toxic disorders and neurodegenerative disorders. The chapter on metabolic and toxic disorders provides a very clear and well thought out account of an area that many textbooks seem to struggle to make accessible. The chapter on neurodegenerative disease has been extensively updated since the first edition. In particular the coverage of frontotemporal lobar degeneration is a very useful account of the current classification.

It is surprisingly comprehensive for a text of just over 600 pages. As you would expect in a book of this size some specialised areas are relatively brief, such as the chapter on skeletal muscle and peripheral nerve disorders. That said the 50 pages devoted to this topic are well written and give a very useful introduction and overview of the most important diagnostic entities and their pathological features.

The stated goal of this textbook is to present the broad spectrum of neuropathology in an updated, clear, templated and highly illustrated fashion, neither being too superficial nor too exhaustive. I think it accomplishes these goals with ease. For anyone training in pathology, either as a specialist neuropathology trainee or as a general pathology trainee requiring an up to date overview of neuropathology, this book should be a leading contender for a space on the bookshelf. More experienced pathologists will also appreciate the at a glance accessibility of the text. There is online access to the fully searchable text via the website. At a price of £99.64 (Amazon), with a kindle edition priced at £69.75, this book represents excellent value for money. With such a user friendly format and up to date content I would highly recommend it.