Neurological Differential Diagnosis. A Prioritized Approach

  • ID: 2222232
  • Book
  • 560 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Neurological Differential Diagnosis: A Prioritized Approach provides a practical, problem–based differential diagnosis for the entire spectrum of neurological disease.

The unique aspect of this book is that the differential diagnosis lists are prioritized by listing the most common possibilities first. Furthermore, less common diagnoses that are potentially fatal or disabling in the acute period (diagnoses that you don t want to miss ) are also highlighted. So the most common and the most dangerous disorders are given greater weight than rare or slowly evolving conditions that are less urgent, like a top 10 list of most common clinical neurological scenarios.

Moreover, each differential also contains characteristics that help distinguish the specific diagnoses. Neurological Differential Diagnosis: A Prioritized Approach is a user–friendly and easily understandable guide to the most common and most dangerous neurological conditions.

Neurological Differential Diagnosis: A Prioritized Approach has been written for practitioners and medical trainees with an interest in neurological diagnosis. This includes neurology, neurosurgery and psychiatry residents, also internal medicine or family medicine residents, and, of course, medical students. Primary care practitioners should also find the organization of this book useful in their daily practice.

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How to Use this Book.

1. Neuroanatomy and Neuropathology.

2. Clinical Syndromes.

3. Vascular Neurology.

4. Paroxysmal Disorders.

5. Neuropsychiatry and Dementia.

6. Movement Disorders.

7. Infectious, Inflammatory, and Demyelinating Disorders.

8. Peripheral Neurology.

9. Neuro–ophthalmology and Neuro–otology.

10. Neuro–oncology.

11. Pediatric Neurology.

12. Neurogenetics.

13. Neuroradiology.

14. Spinal Cord Disorders.

15. Diagnostic Tests.

Appendix A. Clinical Pearls.

Appendix B. Abbreviations.


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"This is a "pearl" of a book for any clinician who is asked to assess patients with symptoms or signs suggestive of a neurological disorder, including neurologists, internists, geriatricians, neurosurgeons, psychiatrists, general practitioners, trainees, and students. Neurological Differential Diagnosis will enlighten clinicians on the most likely and important differential diagnoses to consider and exclude, and guide appropriate and cost–effective investigations. The book has a unique format; it is the only book I know to list differential diagnoses according to what is most common in patients of the same demographic and what is potentially the most lethal and disabling. This hierarchy of differential diagnoses is clearly and consistently presented (eg, in bold and italicised text) throughout the book. Associated relevant background information for each symptom, syndrome, or disorder is well presented (in shaded boxes) with the list of differential diagnoses. Welcome chapters on paediatric neurology, neurogenetics, neuroradiology, diagnostic tests, neuroanatomy, and neuropathology are included. Although few references are given, the book seems to be valid, based on a wealth of clinical experience coupled with best evidence from the available literature. Even after practising clinical neurology for more than 20 years, I have already dipped into this book on several occasions to help me with tricky patients, and I have to remind my neurology residents and registrars, and colleagues in the accident and emergency department, to return it."

––Graeme J Hankey (The Lancet Neurology, Vol 4 November 2005)
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