The purpose of this multiauthored text is to serve as a bridge between neurology and the rest of medical specialties. Ideally, such a book should prove useful to both neurologists and primary care physicians. I believe Aminoff and his colleagues have succeeded on both counts. This is not, however, a textbook of neurology, nor does it pretend to be. Headache, for example, is only addressed as it relates to systemic illness or therapy.
The 49 chapters, mostly by neurologists, are primarily arranged by disease process. Cardiac and infectious disease make up about 20 of the chapters. Several others deal with complications of drugs and various procedures.
As a neurologist performing inpatient consultations, I found the chapters on neurologic complications in critically ill patients and on complications of anesthesia to be particularly useful. The nebulous entity of critical illness polyneuropathy is succinctly addressed. The ubiquitous problem of encephalopathy, however, is spread