Book Review: An Introduction to Neuropathology

The book reviewed here is ‘An Introduction to Neuropathology. Second Edition’ by J Adams and D Graham. I thought this was an excellent book from which I learnt a great deal. The main focus of this book is on the pathological conditions that affect the central nervous system. The book is of course much broader than this covering conditions of the muscle, orbit and peripheral nerves although these latter sections comprise a relatively small portion of the work. The book is generously illustrated with black and white micrographs and photographs of gross pathology. The introduction outlines the preparatory methods for specimens and is followed by chapters on functional neuroanatomy and the responses of the central nervous system to disease laying the groundwork for subsequent chapters. Following this are chapters on the pathology of the central nervous system (as well as the other topics mentioned above). Rather than focusing on the post-mortem findings alone, the book ties in these findings with physiology and on reading throughthe book I was impressed by just how central was the theme of moving from cellular physiology through to gross anatomy with consideration of the interconnections between different levels of analysis (i.e. micro and macro) being par from the course. While the content of textbooks become dated very quickly, the organisation of material within the text is often a very important feature also as it offers the reader a framework to use when learning new material and this book is very well structured. There is a tremendous level of detail within the text and the reader will learn a great deal of neuropathology (and neurophysiology!) from this book.


J Adams and D Graham. An Introduction to Neuropathology. Second Edition. 1994 (Reprint 1995). Churchill Livingstone.


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