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Preface to the twelfth edition 

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The scope of this 12th edition of Brain’s Diseases develops further the wholesale chapter reorganization introduced in the 11th edition. There are new sections on developmental neurology, pain, psychologically determined neurological disorders, and the important matter of assessing the effectiveness of those newly introduced treatments now so common in neurology. Most of the chapters reflect clinical problem areas easily identifiable in everyday neurological practice, and aim to combine the attributes of both textbook and reference book by outlining the clinical approach before coverage of the individual disease entities. Inevitably this leads to some overlap between chapters which the reader is helped to navigate by extensive cross referencing.

To this edition we welcome a number of new authors: David Bates, Peter Clayton, Helen Cross, Janet Eyre, Peter Goadsby, Linda Luxon, Tony McShane, Paul Reading, Peter Rothwell, John Scadding, Neil Scolding, Pamela Shaw, Tom Solomon, Robert Surtees, and Ian Whittle. Tragically, Professor Robert Surtees died in August 2007 before completing his chapter on neurometabolic disorders, a subject on which he was a renowned expert. He is sorely missed both by the authors of Brain’s Diseases, and by his many colleagues and friends in paediatric neurology and metabolic disease.

The authors are indebted to the many who have helped with the preparation of this book, particularly Sarah Pendlebury for the sections on the complications of stroke and on its treatment, and Mary Reilly for the classification of inherited polyneuropathies. Many others have advised on the text, illustrations or tables: Rolfe Birch, Nick Beeching, James Byrne, Patrick Chinnery, John Elston, the late Ian Hart, Robin Kennett, Peter Keston, Penny Lewthwaite, Alastair Miller, Roger Mountford, Yesim Parman, Gerardine Quagebeur, Angela Vincent, and David Warrell; their help is gratefully acknowledged. Mrs Joanna Wilkinson has played a huge role in all aspects of the preparation of this book, and I owe her a particular debt of gratitude.

Michael Donaghy

Oxford

December 2008