The second edition of this book, Diseases of the Nervous System, with its pointed subtitle, "Clinical Neurobiology," is a worthy update of the first, which appeared in 1986. The editors have been successful again in gathering a throng of experts (171 for this edition, some of them new to the book) who submit manuscripts on time, with the result that what they say is up to the minute.
The two volumes of some 800 pages each (exclusive of bibliographies), liberally illustrated with tables, graphs, diagrams, and drawings, are a mine of information. The deliberate focus, and what is in fact primarily set forth here, is the pathophysiology of disorders of the nervous system in terms of the present status of basic research.
The book's 123 chapters are divided into 21 groups or sections, generally of four to ten chapters each. On looking through the titles of these sections, it is