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The personal flavor given to a textbook is usually to be found in the preface and in the last few words before the index. This is abundantly true in the new edition of this excellent volume. Nielsen himself is little short of a walking encyclopedia of neurology, and has probably gone farther than anybody else living in familiarizing himself with the landmarks in clinical neurology. These he lists with the observation, "They have been gathered here as fundamental works with which all students should be acquainted."
Yet Nielsen's work is not in any sense encyclopedic. It is far from a recitation of dull facts that have been handed down from textbook to textbook together with the accumulation of the barnacles of error that are so often perpetuated. Every page bears the imprint of his own thinking and experience, and these have been both wide and profound. The case reports and
A Textbook of Clinical Neurology.. Arch NeurPsych. 1947;58(3):387-388. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1947.02300320138012