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October 1947

Fundamentals of Clinical Neurology.

Arch NeurPsych. 1947;58(4):532. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1947.02300330144014

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This volume is different from most works on neurology in that it is packed with anatomic facts, illustrated by many diagrams, but deficient in graphic clinical descriptions that make the subject come alive. The material would probably be better termed applied neuroanatomy. The descriptions are terse and require of the reader a considerable power of visualization of the nervous system in its three dimensional aspect. A great many anatomic minutiae are introduced, the majority of which are based on patient studies of the hodology of the nervous system, but which are not known to have anything in the way of clinical expression. This makes for hard reading and harder remembering. Neurology is a complex subject, but this work, in emphasizing the complexities, tends to make it almost discouraging, however far this may be from the authors' intention.

The first part is a brief discussion of the clinical means and physical