The Benzodiazepines: from Molecular Biology to Clinical Practice

P Jenner
1985 Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry  
The preface of this splendid book reminds the reader that a suitable explanation cannot be offered in 40% of patients with peripheral nerve disease and the pathology has not been fully determined in any one of them. This book arose from Schaumburg's -syllabus at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. We can easily understand that its popularity led to the expansion embodied in this work which is a concise monograph on peripheral neuropathy. It is intended for those engaged in the practice of
more » ... eneral medicine and neurology. In this purpose it succeeds admirably. So often when internationally recognised experts attempt books of this type, they swamp the student with minutiae of basic science which leaves him bewildered. Here, two short introductory chapters explain lucidly the terminology and classification and describe the mechanisms, cardinal pathological feature and clinicopathological correlations of the symmetrical generalised neuropathies and the focal and snultifocal neuropathies. Myelinopathy, neuronopathy and peripheral injuries are simply explained. Succeeding chapters deal with the metabolic, hereditary, toxic, ischaemic, infective and amyloid neuropathies, and nerve lesions associated with malignancy, trauma and the entrapment syndromes. 'The concluding sections cover cryptogenic neuropathy, clinical electrophysiology and serve biopsy. Appendices illustrate the cutaneous fields of peripheral nerves and the segmental myotomes, reproducing Webb Haymaker's classic diagrams. Each subject is considered in a systematic fashion, clearly set out, concisely written and backed up by up-to-date reference lists. Case histories exemplify the principles in certain conditions and are a welcome compliment to the text. Much recent experi-
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