"Many would argue that the human brain is the most complex structure known to humankind. For laypersons seeking information on the brain's most common diseases, this handbook is a gem in the neurological literature. Using plain language, Bradley (emer., Univ. of Miami) opens with a chapter on the basics of the brain's construction and functions. The remaining 11 chapters discuss common neurological diseases, disorders, and injuries including Alzheimer's disease, stroke, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, head/spinal cord injury, brain cancer, migraine and headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, and peripheral nerve diseases. In each chapter, readers will find a description/history and possible cause of the disease; an explanation of diagnostic tests; signs, symptoms, and progression; and treatment/management. The volume includes clearly drawn illustrations; a well-developed glossary and index; an appendix with additional details on the brain's inner workings; and a section titled "Sources of Further Information," which lists recommended readings, relevant associations, Web sites, and more. A world-renowned doctor and researcher, Bradley edits the leading neurology textbook Neurology in Clinical Practice (4th ed., 2008). His skills as a writer and teacher shine as he incorporates patient stories throughout this book, demonstrating disease diagnosis and treatment. Appropriate for public, academic, and medical libraries. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers. -- N. Chipman-Shlaes, Governors State University"
(June 2010 review. Reprinted with permission from CHOICE http://www.cro2.org, copyright by the American Library Association.