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Neurological, developmental, behavioral, and psychiatric disorders during infancy, childhood, and adolescence are some of the most frequent and challenging problems seen in clinical practice; however, house staff, pediatricians, neurologists, psychiatrists, family physicians, nurses, and psychologists report considerable difficulty in managing the most common child neurological conditions, and promptly refer patients to the pediatric neurologist. In the last decade, significant diagnostic and therapeutic advances have been made for a number of conditions such as epilepsy, sleep disorders, headache, learning disorders, metabolic disorders, brain tumors, autism, tics, and movement disorders. Since office practice is demanding and fast-paced, practitioners must have access to current evaluations and treatment recommendations in a format that lends itself to speedy review and retention, and increases their confidence as principal care providers.

The goal of Pediatric Practice: Neurology is to write a comprehensive and current text, and provide primary care providers and neurologists with succinct authoritative reviews on the evaluation and treatment of a complete list of common and less common child brain disorders. The book is designed to meet the busy demands of a wide range of readers, including physicians from all pediatric specialties, resident house staff, child and adult neurologists, clinical laboratory technicians, and students.

The first section of the book, Evaluation, reviews the pediatric neurology history and neurological examination and neuroimaging in the management of pediatric neurological disease. The second section of the book, Common Pediatric Neurologic Problems, reviews seizures and epilepsy, febrile seizures, paroxysmal disorders, pediatric headache, ataxia, abnormalities of head size, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, learning and language disorders, cerebral palsy, and pediatric sleep medicine. In the third section, General Neurologic Disorders, we review the evaluation and treatment of movement and balance disorders, neuropathy, disorders of muscle and motor function, neuroinfectious diseases, multiple sclerosis and white matter disorders, stroke, traumatic brain injury, toxic and metabolic encephalopathies, genetic testing for neurological disorders, metabolic disorders, inherited neurodegenerative disorders, brain tumors,malformations of the nervous system in relation to ontogenesis, autism, newborn neurology, disorders of vision and ocular motility, the floppy infant syndrome, and coma. In summary, this book strives to efficiently provide practical state-of-the-art pediatric neurological advice to the busy physician.

Paul R. Carney and James D. Geyer

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