Daroff RB, Jankovic J, Mazziotta JC, Pomeroy S, eds. Bradley’s Neurology in Clinical Practice. 7th ed. Elsevier; 2016; 2348 pp; 1750 ill; $499.99
The 7th edition of Bradley’s Neurology in Clinical Practice, published in 2016, is a monumental textbook containing the entire breadth of neurologic diseases in a 2348-page 2-volume set. With over 130 contributors and 4 distinguish editors (Drs. Daroff, Jankovic, Mazziotta, and Pomeroy), the reader is able to access virtually every disease and/or presenting sign/symptom one will encounter in the daily practice of neuroradiology. While written with the neurologist or other clinical neuroscientists in mind, the book offers explanations and insights into the conditions that we as neuroradiologists encounter on MR/CT/vascular studies. One hundred pages in 4 separate chapters are devoted to neuroimaging, with a total of 12 authors, none of whom are neuroradiologists. This, at least in part, explains the relative lack of robust advanced neuroimaging, and in the area of “functional neuroimaging”, there is a heavy and almost exclusive reliance on nuclear-based studies. On the same note, it is certain that no reader of the AJNR would consider purchase of this 2-volume set for the neuroimaging information contained in it.
The way the books are set up is as follows: Volume 1 deals with the principles of diagnosis and contains issues dealing with 33 common neurologic problems; then it follows with 4 sections dealing in turn with laboratory investigations, clinical neurophysiology, neuroimaging (as above), and a wide range of topics (10) in the clinical neurosciences.
Volume 2 deals with specific disease entities and their treatment, and includes management principals, neurologic complications of systemic disease, trauma (with one area in the basic science of neurologic traumatic injuries), vascular disease (stroke, hemorrhage, SAH, vasculitis), cancer, infections, and specific neurologic disorders.
While one may not find every entity one is looking for—there were a number of diseases I could not find—and though, in some cases, the explanation may not be as complete as one would wish relative to imaging findings, this book is an excellent way to begin a search on a specific set of symptoms and pathologic conditions.
The book comes with a code to access the eBook and allows one to view video clips (63 in total) demonstrating some of the clinical findings described in the book.
This 2-volume set should be part of any neuroradiologic section library—it would be referred to often.