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Primer on Multiple Sclerosis

Michelle Cameron, MD
Arch Neurol. 2012;69(3):411-412. doi:10.1001/archneurol.2011.2004.
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by Barbara S. Giesser, MD, 504 pp, with illus, $75, ISBN-13 978-0-19-536928-1, New York, New York, Oxford University Press, 2010

Dr Giesser's comprehensive book, with 49 contributors, covers an impressive range of information on multiple sclerosis (MS). It includes a brief introductory chapter describing the history of MS followed by 4 short (approximately 15 pages each) chapters on the basic science of MS. The remainder of the book has a clinical focus, with parts on diagnosis and prognosis, clinical manifestations, therapeutics, psychosocial issues, and research. This book's stated goal is to provide for the practicing neurologist “the theory and the practice of providing comprehensive care to persons with MS,” and it successfully achieves this goal.


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