Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology
: 2018  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 235-

IAN book review

Raad Shakir 
 Division of Brain Science, Imperial College, London, UK

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Raad Shakir
Division of Brain Science, Imperial College, London

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Editors :Dr Arabinda Mukharjee

Language :English

Edition :2018

Published by :Jaypee Brothers Medical Publications, India

Pages :902

ISBN-10 :978-93-5270-179-7


This is a book of plenty, yet it is concise enough for all to enjoy. The editors state, “ The book is an important addition to already existing books on Neurology.” I would like to disagree, in my opinion it is unique. It crosses the gulf between standard textbook, clinical instructions, management guides with detailed correlative anatomy, functional neurology, and therapeutics.

There is an enormous amount of information, which is enough for any neurologist albeit in training and in practice or those working in research institutions. The chapters are not only written by experienced clinicians but also academics rooted in practice. The guidelines are precise and detailed.

The 207 authors managed to write 111 chapters, which are rich and by and large uniform. They vary from classical sections such as headache, stroke, epilepsy, movement disorders, and dementia. It is in contrast to a futuristic chapter on Robotics in neurology. This is, in essence, the idea of the book, which is probably the thinking of the IAN to mix history, current practice, research, and future developments.

There are too many gem chapters that attract attention. Some of the unorthodox ones include the one on “Pitfalls in the diagnosis of demyelinating disease.” This chapter follows exquisite chapters on all aspects of demyelination. Readers are reminded of the myriad of disorders, which mimic demyelinating disorders.

I would like to give two further examples among many. One is chapter 67 on “Neuropsychology in the differential diagnosis of dementia.” The authors' clear expose of all the ins and outs of neuropsychological assessments is a joy to read. The second is chapter 15 on “Classification and clinical evaluation of ischemic stroke.” The authors managed to provide a detailed account in a single concise and informative chapter of a rather intricate subject. The readers are left completely satisfied with all aspects of stroke management.

The authors and the editors have kept uniformity with exquisite illustrations, tables, illustrative boxes, and practice advice. The reference list is thorough and up to date. It could benefit, however, from specific further reading advice say on few authors' suggestions for authoritative reviews.

In days of electronic publications, it would be appreciated to think of an electronic version of the book so that annual or biennial reviews could be undertaken. Another alternative is to have small groups of chapters printed separately in a soft cover version for group teaching in and outside India. This, however, requires further huge editorial effort for the IAN and the editors. Such products are available for other leading neurological societies and academies.

The advances in neurology in India coupled with the massive progress made in science are so vast that having chapters on the “Indian perspective” are partly redundant and need to be re-evaluated.

The IAN members, in particular, the editors and authors have produced an international book, which covers all aspects of neurology in a modern and advanced manner to rival any from across the world.