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September 1950

Critical Studies in Neurology.

Arch NeurPsych. 1950;64(3):489-490. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1950.02310270178015

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Abstract

The author is persuaded that medical literature too rarely displays logical and sustained thought. He states: "It is, perhaps, those scientific notions that we take most readily for granted, and receive upon authority with the greatest assurance, that are most apt to repay examination from time to time, and that upon occasion are found wanting when brought to the touchstone of correspondence with facts. The more abstract such a notion the greater the probability that this will be so. Further, in continued currency, abstract ideas seem to harden so easily into concrete facts, and mental constructs come to pass muster for natural phenomena."

To illustrate these ideas, he reprints six of his own critical papers. The first is a long paper, entitled "The Anatomy and Physiology of Cutaneous Sensibility." It is an excellent summary of recent work and gives the coup de grace to Head's epicritic and protopathic theory, which

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