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May 11, 1940

Injuries of the Skull, Brain and Spinal Cord: Neuro-Psychiatric, Surgical, and Medico-Legal Aspects

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Edited by Samuel Brock. Cloth. Price, $7. Pp. 632, with 63 illustrations. Baltimore: William Wood & Company, 1940.

JAMA. 1940;114(19):1953. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810190115030

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Abstract

Here is a book of unusual excellence. "The twenty-two contributors to this work have actually written a series of comprehensive monographs on neurology, psychiatry, neurosurgery (in its civil and military aspects), radiology and forensic medicine, as far as these subjects relate to injuries of the skull, brain and spinal cord." The twenty-two chapters are uniformly well written with but one exception. The material is well organized and is clearly and concisely presented. Chapter 10, on cerebral birth injuries, is not of the standard set by the rest of the book. This chapter consists largely of generalizations many of which are neither commonly accepted nor substantiated by any factual data. On pages 216-217 the conclusions of Schreiber are criticized but evidence is not presented to disprove Schreiber's fairly well documented contention that asphyxia is responsible for many of the so-called congenital disorders of the brain. On page 218 is the statement,

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