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December 1957

Physiological Foundations of Neurology & Psychiatry

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1957;78(6):601-602. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1957.02330420061010

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Gellhorn states in his introduction that the basis for this book consisted of the work that he and his colleagues have done. If this reviewer had not seen this statement, he would have missed a point which seems to explain much about this book: the interesting subdivision into topics, the emphasis in some areas as compared with others, and the total absence of some entries which this reviewer happened to have sought. The extensive correlations and the integrated discussion of very many investigations (which are strong characteristics of this book) could easily have led to a lack of recognition of the main motivation for its creation, since the coverage of the literature extends well into the sister discipline of neurophysiology. Particularly impressive are the sections on biophysical methodology and the insights gained therefrom The same holds true for the entries on the motor cortex, on consciousness, on the autonomic functions,