Disorders of the peripheral nerves are one of the most difficult and often frustrating parts of neurology. This is amply shown by the amount of new research on diseases of the peripheral nervous system in the past ten years. This complex, and what might be considered tedious subject, has been brought into clear focus by Schaumburg, Spencer, and Thomas in the latest addition to the Contemporary Neurology Series library. Using a terse style, these authors have managed to reduce an overwhelming amount of material to a manageable form.
The first two of 20 chapters present an up-to-date review of basic concepts and the new terminology and anatomic classification of disorders of peripheral nerves. Clear diagrams and charts aid the reader's understanding of recent developments. Following a concise review of the Gullain-Barré syndrome and related disorders (the inflammatory polyneuropathies) are six chapters devoted to the metabolic and nutritional neuropathies. An important