Comprehensive Review in Clinical Neurology: A Multiple Choice Question Book for the Wards and Boards

Preface

 

Anyone who studies neurology immediately recognizes not only its fascinating complexities but also the many different types of learning skills that one calls upon to understand it and commit it to memory. As medical students rotating in neurology, and later as neurology residents and fellows, it was clear to us that while there were great and grand neurology textbooks written by giants in the field, a study guide that offered clear explanations, simplifying complex concepts, and presenting information in an easily understandable format, while allowing for study of large amounts of information in a timely manner, was not available. As our board examinations neared, we were unable to identify a board review book that satisfied the minimum criteria for what we felt was the ideal study guide: comprehensive yet concise, case-based, with an abundance of images and diagrams, and perhaps most importantly, a question-and-answer (Q&A) multiple-choice type format. As chief residents organizing board review sessions for our neurology resident colleagues, we found this format to be the most effective and enjoyable way to learn neurology. With these criteria in mind, we envisioned and set out to write Comprehensive Review in Clinical Neurology.

In neurology perhaps more than any other specialty, clinical vignettes increase learning efficiency by illustrating examples and placing sometimes challenging neuroscience concepts into clinical practice. With this in mind, the majority of questions in this book are case-based. A multitude of radiographic and pathologic images are carefully selected to supplement information in the cases while also contributing to knowledge of these respective areas. The anatomic diagrams and other graphics provide visual aids to consolidate information presented in the discussions. The book is organized so that the reader can review chapters in their entirety or select individual questions from each chapter for review. Despite the Q&A format, topical review is possible with this book as well: the chapters are organized by topics, the index is comprehensive, and most importantly, reference is made in the discussion to different questions related to a specific concept. This book is strengthened by the renowned specialists who painstakingly reviewed the chapters and contributed valuable suggestions and images.

We feel that Comprehensive Review in Clinical Neurology will be useful to the whole spectrum of those learning neurology, from medical students and junior residents beginning their neurology education to senior neurology residents and fellows studying for the neurology board examination, and even to staff physicians reviewing for maintenance-of-certification examinations. Because neurology is a key component of all specialties related to neuroscience, psychiatrists, neurosurgeons, geriatricians, and psychologists will benefit from this book as well. We hope that readers of this book will enjoy it and learn from it.

Esteban Cheng-Ching
Lama Chahine
Eric Baron
Alexander Rae-Grant


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