By Peter Rothwell, Sarah Pendlebury, Philip Anslow
This booklet is a suite of over 50 case histories of sufferers with predominantly acute neurological ailment, with specific emphasis on stipulations that current to physicians in either acute normal (Internal) drugs and neurology, together with headache, encephalopathy and changed cognizance, behavioural disturbance, seizures and focal deficits. the vast majority of the situations have endocrine, vascular, infectious or metabolic aetiologies and contain examples of universal stipulations proposing in strange methods. The differential prognosis in such circumstances is frequently wide yet swift analysis and remedy is usually paramount. each one case is printed in short and is through numerous questions about clinically vital elements of the prognosis and administration. The solutions are followed via a close dialogue of the differential prognosis, including different clinically very important elements of the situation. The textual content is complimented via over a hundred and seventy radiographic illustrations. The question-and-answer structure is designed to reinforce the reader's diagnostic skill and medical knowing.
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