Book Review: Fenichel’s Clinical Pediatric Neurology: A Signs and Systems Approach, 7th edition
Author: J. Eric Pina-Garza
Publisher: Elsevier Saunders
Book Review by: Nano Khilnani

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This is a volume with information for physicians who care for children with neurological disease. The following three aspects of such a practice are looked upon in this book:

• Guidelines
• Standards of practice
• Evidence-based medicine

This book contains 18 chapters. To give you a brief overview its contents, these are the titles of the chapters:

1. Paroxysmal Disorders
2. Altered States of Consciousness
3. Headache
4. Increased Intracranial Pressure
5. Psychomotor Retardation and Regression
6. The Hypotonic Infant
7. Flaccid Limb Weakness in Childhood
8. Cramps, Muscle Stiffness, and Exercise Intolerance
9. Sensory and Autonomic Disturbances
10. Ataxia
11. Hemiplegia
12. Paraplegia and Quadriplegia
13. Monoplegia
14. Movement Disorders
15. Disorders of Ocular Motility
16. Disorders of the Visual System
17. Lower Brainstem and Cranial Nerve Dysfunction
18. Disorders of Cranial Volume and Shame

Chapter organization is simple. A brief overview of contents is laid out with a beginning paragraph, followed by topic headings and discussions. In some cases, sub-headings are discussed.

Ample use of blue-background boxes enables the reader to snap up small packets of information and retain them in the brain for quick recall. Extensive lists of books on various topics are presented at the end of each chapter as References for the reader to look up and study other aspects of the chapter topic.

J. Eric Pina-Garza, MD is Associate Professor of Neurology, Director of Pediatric Neurology, and Director of Pediatric Epilepsy and the EEG Lab at the Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.