Dr. Toole, who now heads one of the major research centers for stroke in the United States, has always emphasized that cerebrovascular disease is common ground for neurologists and internists and that the two disciplines should work closely together. Toole and Patel present this point of view. They have wisely not tried to be overly encyclopedic but have chosen the most common varieties of cerebrovascular disorders for thorough discussion, emphasizing in each section, history, signs, diagnosis, pathophysiology, laboratory examinations, and the presently available forms of management.
The book begins with a rather complete and stimulating review of the anatomy of the cerebral vessels and the physiology of cerebral circulation. The authors emphasize that although there are numerous diagnostic procedures for cerebrovascular disorders, the main building blocks in diagnosis are a carefully elicited history and a competent neurologic examination.
Following the introductory chapters are sections on diagnostic procedures including those of