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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 1255

Book review on essentials of pediatric neurology

Past Head of Neurology, Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Raebareli Road - 226 014; Apollomedics Super Specialty Hospital and Vivekanand Poly Clinic and Institute of Medical Sciences Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India

Date of Submission28-Sep-2022
Date of Decision21-Nov-2022
Date of Acceptance29-Nov-2022
Date of Web Publication3-Dec-2022

Correspondence Address:
Usha Kant Misra
MD, DM, FRCP (Edin), RCP, FNA, FNASc, FAMS, Head of Neuroscience and Neurology, Apollomedics Super Speciality Hospitals. Consultant at Vivekananda Polyclinic and Institute of Medical Sciences; Former Head of Neurology Department, Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow
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DOI: 10.4103/aian.aian_798_22

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Misra UK. Book review on essentials of pediatric neurology. Ann Indian Acad Neurol 2022;25:1255

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Misra UK. Book review on essentials of pediatric neurology. Ann Indian Acad Neurol [serial online] 2022 [cited 2023 Feb 6];25:1255. Available from:

Essentials of Pediatric Neurology, third edition, by Prof. Bibek Taluqdar published by Peepee Publisher, New Delhi, is a welcome addition to the Indian medical literature. Pediatric Neurology is a relatively new specialty in India and is in its infancy. There is a need for an Indian book on this subject that not only makes the reader interested in the subject but also addresses the regional pediatric neurology issues. This book has nicely filled this gap. The success of the earlier two editions of Essentials of Pediatric Neurology predicts that the third edition will be well received by the readers.

Essentials of Pediatric Neurology has six sections. The first section is on clinical evaluation and investigations, which deals with clinical examination, imaging, stroke, electroencephalography, nerve conduction, evoked potential study, and special issues with neonatal neurophysiology. The second section is on developmental disorders which deal with congenital malformation, attention and hyperkinetic disorders, autism, learning disorders, and intellectual disability disorders, and the final chapter is on the approach to a child with neurodevelopment delay. The third section is on seizures and epilepsies which deal with various types of seizures in children in a clear and thorough manner. There is also an important chapter on pediatric status epilepticus. This section concludes with an approach to children with seizures and epilepsy. The fourth section is on encephalopathy, neuropathy and neuromuscular disorders. This section deals with a wide variety of subjects like cerebral palsy, movement disorder, demyelinating disorder Guillain Barre Syndrome, Spinal muscle atrophy, and neuromuscular junction disorders. The fifth section is on infections and includes Bacterial meningitides, viral meningitis, and encephalitis, including Japanese encephalitis polio, malaria, and neurocysticercosis. The sixth section includes miscellaneous disorders such as headache, stroke, neuromuscular syndrome neurodegenerative disease, and hydrocephalus. The last chapter of this section is about the dosage of drugs in pediatric practice. Most of the sections have a concluding chapter by Prof. Bibek Talukdar giving a summary of his viewpoint on the subject, thereby maintaining uniformity and conveying his approach to the readers. Each chapter is well-referenced and includes very nice illustrations, imaging findings, and tables which make the reading easy and effective, and add to the value of the book. The main focus of the book is clinical relevance and bedside application, although basic issues have also been addressed. Most of the conditions relevant to the Indian context are given due importance in this book.

The authors of different chapters are mainly from New Delhi but are experienced, knowledgeable, and have taken great care to shape their chapters. This book will be useful for pediatrics, neurology and neurosurgery residents, student and consultants, and anyone dealing with neurological disorders in children.

With time, the subsequent editions of the book become bigger to accommodate the new information and developments which has and will happen with this book also. I hope to see a section on pediatric Neurocritical care and cost-effective medicine in the subsequent edition. The importance of these subjects was so evident in the recent COVID-19 pandemic. This book will not only be useful for Indian readers but also in neighboring South Asian Association for regental cooperation (SARC) and south Asian countries where clinical demands and practice environments are similar to ours. Book review like this one informs about the book to elite readers of the journal but the majority of readers learn about the book because of the quality and value of the information provided. I hope that this edition will reach the potential readers and kindle their interest in pediatric neurology to take the standard of care to a higher level.


We thank Mr. Shakti Kumar for secretarial help.


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