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Furr M, Reed S, eds. Blackwell Publishing, Ames, Iowa, USA. 2008. 412 pp. ISBN 978-0-8138-2519-9.
This is a highly specialized, well-referenced book edited by two internationally respected clinical neurologists. It is divided into 3 sections, the first of which details neuroanatomy (from embryological beginnings), cerebrospinal fluid, immunology, and pharmacology. Despite these daunting titles, this book is surprisingly readable. The following sections deal with clinical neurology and specific disease syndromes, including neurotoxins. Illustrations, where used, are highly informative and the tabular content is easily discernable. One slight oversight (in the opinion of this reviewer) is that there are not more illustrations. However when one realizes that many of the signs of neurological dysfunction, especially in the horse, are dynamic processes, static images may not do justice to the conditions portrayed. The index, for this quality of book, is basic. There is little cross-referencing and the reader may have to use a combination of the Table of Contents and the index to locate the information sought. Despite these slight limitations this is a concise, accurate text which will appeal to the veterinary specialist and those with a particular interest in this complex discipline.