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Created in response to increased interest in the aging population and disorders like Alzheimer's and dementia, this two-volume set attempts to simplify neurological conditions for a general audience. Its international cast of contributors ranges from medical writers and students to physicians. Covering diseases (cerebal palsy, autism, muscular dystrophy, etc.) drugs, and treatments, the over 400 alphabetically arranged entries follow a standard format that includes definition, description, causes and symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment when applicable, recommended dosage (for drugs), side effects, and resources, as well as key terms that define unfamiliar words or concepts used within the entry. The resource sections list books, journal articles, web sites, and relevant organizations. There are also 100 images (photos, tables, and line drawings), of which most are in color. A glossary in the second volume aids in further clarifying terms. Bottom Line More current and comprehensive than Facts On File's Encyclopedia of the Brain and Brain Disorders (2002), this set offers more special features like illustrations and web sites. While it is suitable for a high school-level audience, the encyclopedia's cost recommends it to academic and health sciences libraries, as well as consumer health libraries with a variety of patrons and sizable budgets.-Rebecca Raszewski, Drexel Univ. Health Sciences Libs., Philadelphia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
GEND describes itself as designed to inform and educate patients, families, and allied health students about neurological diseases, syndromes, drugs, treatments, therapies, and diagnostic equipment. It supplies nearly 400 articles enhanced by about 100 color and black-and-white images. Consistent formatting with subheadings makes visual organization clear. Most articles are contributed by science and medical writers who as a group do not have neurological education credentials. Many expected topics are covered, but some omissions are puzzling--e.g., the article "Brain and Spinal Tumors" mentions numerous tumors that do not have the individual articles they need. There are articles for meninges and Cushing disease, but none for meningioma or pituitary tumors. Thomson-Gale claims to provide extensive cross-referencing of terminology, but misses some important terms: "Vestibular Schwannoma" fails to cross-reference the more traditional term, "Acoustic Neuroma," although that term occurs in cited sources. The article "Alzheimer's" fails to list head trauma as a risk factor. The index omits needed see references. GEND offers few diagrams of brain tumor locations. Informational breadth and depth are sometimes adequate, sometimes incomplete. ^BSumming Up: Optional. Public and undergraduate libraries. A. J. Trussell Kansas State University