Dr Hadi Manji is the chief author and editor of the Oxford Handbook of Neurology. The first edition published in 2007 sold 13,000 copies worldwide and has been one of the bestselling in the Oxford Handbook series.
The second edition was published in November 2014. Although primarily aimed at doctors in training both in general medicine and neurology, it will also be useful for General Practitioners and senior doctors who need an aide memoire.
In keeping with the Oxford Handbook series style, the book is pocket or brief case size, easy to read with bullet points, lists and algorithms.
"This is not a book to be read for the rich and discursive prose narratives of the eloquent clinical expositor. Rather it is a book for both the specialist and generalist to consult when faced with the typical, but nonetheless complex, presentations of neurological disease; in which to be reminded how best to investigate and manage the many conditions that affect the central and peripheral nervous systems" (Professor Alastair Compston, foreward to the second edition)
The chapter headings include:
- sections on History and neurological examination
- a brief section on neuroanatomy with easy to comprehend diagrams
- neurological emergencies such as Guilain Barre syndrome, head and spinal injuries, acute meningitis
- common neurological clinical presentations which include vertigo, loss of consciousness, foot drop, tremor
- neurological disorders e.g. headache and migraine, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, stroke, dementia
- Neurological disorders in general medicine such as haematology and pregnancy
- Neurosurgery - brain tumours, subarachnoid haemorrhage, degenerative conditions of the cervical and lumbar spine
- Sections on Neuroradiology and neurophysiology
Throughout the book the authors have included their own experiences and 'clinical pearls' which have been handed down the generations of neurologists and are not in the standard textbooks of neurology. As an example, patients with dementia may reveal the 'head turning' sign where by every time the patient is asked a question he or she will turn to their spouse for the answer. Patients who come into the clinic supporting their jaw may have myaesthenia gravis due to neck flexion weakness.