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Differential Diagnosis in Neurology and Neurosurgery A Clinician's Pocket Guide

Sotirios A. Tsementzis

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Expanded and updated new edition: The essential pocketbook for rapid and correct differentiation and interpretation of signs and symptoms of neurological and neurosurgical diseases and conditions.

Key Features:

Exhaustive range of neurologic and neurosurgical disease and conditions covered

Vital information presented in short texts, high-yield lists, and concise tables, for maximum efficiency in diagnostic work-ups

Clinical and neuroimaging findings, guidelines and classifications, summarized in readily accessible tabular form.

Statistic overviews (common vs. rare, etc.) help guide diagnostic thought processes

Special chapters highlight epidemiology, pediatric disorders, neuroradiology.

Differential Diagnosis in Neurology and Neurosurgery is ideal as a quick reference in your daily practice, or as an exam preparation guide. This wealth of easily accessed information makes it invaluable to experienced practitioners (especially ER physicians) and to novices alike.


The goal of ‘differential diagnosis in neurology and neurosurgery’ is to serve as a diagnostic working tool for everyday clinical practice. This pocket-sized, light-weight book has a clearly structured, tabular format. Although its small size allows only a limited number of figures, a wealthier supply would have contributed to the clarity, especially in the chapter on neuroradiology. The contents are classified according to 15 major disease categories. Some subjects are dealt with extensively, while others may have warranted somewhat more attention. For instance, the detailed lists of differential diagnoses of all possible lesions on skull radiography are a rather abundant, while some relevant subjects such as polyneuropathies and muscle disorders are not considered at all.A search in the index for arbitrarily chosen clinical symptoms such as ‘hemianopia’ and ‘nystagmus’ was in vain. In clinical practice patients present with symptoms. Clinical features are the starting point in most chapters, but in ‘demyelinating disease and brain atrophy’ radiological findings come first, and the chapter on intracranial tumours deals mainly with a tumour classification based on localization. The book does not quite fulfil the high expectations raised by the claim on the cover (“this book offers quick and reliable clarification of a wide and often confusing array of presenting symptoms”), and its usefulness in everyday practice is questionable. 1)

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E. H. Brilstra N. A. (2001). Differential Diagnosis in Neurology and Neurosurgery: A Clinician’s Pocket Guide. Journal of Neurology, 248(3), 243–243. doi:10.1007/s004150170237
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