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November 1947

Diseases of the Nervous System.

Arch NeurPsych. 1947;58(5):651. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1947.02300340122014

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This short, simple text has gone through five editions in six years. This in itself is evidence of a need for such a book. The author has held it deliberately on a practical level, omitting all procedures and considerations not accessible to the practicing physician. As much as the wisdom of the clinical approach to a clinical field is to be admitted, the reviewer cannot help feeling that the author carries it to a point of condescension toward his readers. Might not the practicing physician like to be shown new lines of thought, even though he cannot test them with his own tools? The brief chapter on the psychoneuroses is inadequate.