Neurology for the Boards is an essential book for neurology residents and practitioners
Neurology for the Boards spectrum of disease processes, including neurodegenerative disorders, neuro-oncology, neuromuscular disease, neuroimmunology, epilepsy, cerebrovascular disease, metabolic disorders, sleep disorders, and pain. These diseases are often complicated by, or directly associated with, general medical or psychiatric conditions. Furthermore, the evaluation of neurologic disorders ranges from the neurologic examination to technically complex procedures such as video electroencephalography, repetitive nerve stimulation tests, and cerebral angiography.
The initial goal of Neurology for the Boards was to produce a concise yet comprehensive tool for our own use (both for board review and for patient care). The essential background information, including neuroanatomy and basic science, is covered in the first sections. This is followed by a review of the diseases and syndromes, as well as their evaluation and treatment.
Neurology for the Boards was designed specifically as an aid in preparation for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology certification examination, and as a reference tool for patient evaluation and management. It is not meant to replace the more detailed classic texts of neurology. It does, however, provide a concise review of the clinically important aspects of neurology, as well as much of the esoteric minutiae beloved by the board examiners.
All diagrams and illustrations are modified from original drawings by Dr. Janice Keating. The drawings are not drawn to scale or to anatomic accuracy. They are simplified diagrams designed to facilitate the learning of complex neurologic pathways and functional anatomy.
The book has been “field tested’’ by residents and medical students at the University of Alabama. The residents who have used the book found it very useful for both residency inservice training examinations and for board review. Residents and students alike thought that it provided a good overview of patient evaluation and management. Their patience and feedback is greatly appreciated.
The practicing neurologist should also find this book useful for board recertification and as an office reference tool. The recertification examinations require current knowledge of neurologic disease and management, even of the subspecialist. Neurology for the Boards provides the core material condensed into a single source. We sincerely hope that it helps the reader prepare not only for board examinations, but also for the more important task of providing excellent medical care.