Emergency Neurology

ISBN: 9780199862856
ISBN-10: 0199862850
Copyright: 2013
Edition: 1st
Author: Levin, Morris
Doody's Expert Review    Score: 96
Reviewer: Jason Sebesto,  D.O., M.Sc.  (Mayo Clinic Florida)
Most neurology books organize information by neuroanatomic systems or specific pathophysiologic processes and serve more as a reference for when a diagnosis is known. In an emergency setting, time is of the essence and referencing large tomes of classic textbooks is not practical. This is an excellent introductory level guide to common neurological emergencies that uses a case-based format with a logical breakdown of how to approach each situation and narrow down the possible differentials.
The purpose is to present frequently encountered neurological emergencies in a symptom/problem-based format, and to discuss the differential diagnosis and clinical reasoning behind arriving at a diagnosis and treatment plan. Dr. Levin does an excellent job of presenting these scenarios in short, but high-yield, chapters that can be quickly referenced in minutes on the wards.
The book is well suited for medical students rotating through the neurology ward, new neurology residents, midlevel practitioners, and seasoned neurologists looking for a refresher on neurological emergencies. Other non-neurology practitioners will find this an easy-to-read and easy-to-understand primer on the subject.
This is an excellent case-based reference for common presentations of patients with neurological emergencies. Each chapter is succinct, but packed with information and broad differentials that can be quickly referenced. While this is by no means a comprehensive reference on each case presentation, it does present the clinical reasoning of narrowing a broad differential in a very pragmatic fashion. This is an excellent book for the neurology wards or consultation service, and really does live up to the expectations of the What Do I Do Now? series.
This book is unique in its organization, as are all the books in this series. Compared to other references in neurology, this book organizes the information in a more practical way, especially for the emergency setting when time is critical and a diagnosis may not be readily apparent. For newer practitioners, this is a great introduction to the approach to patients with neurological emergencies.
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