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June 27, 1942

The Principles of Neurological Surgery

JAMA. 1942;119(9):757. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830260071028

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A second edition of this elementary treatise on neurologic surgery indicates that it has been found useful. In this edition many errors which crept into the first edition have been corrected. The advice given is sound and conservative. It is a little difficult to see what purpose is served by the first chapter. A practitioner who depended on the sketchy information contained in it could not possibly make a satisfactory neurologic examination. The author would have done better to emphasize those examinations of special importance to neurosurgery at greater length. The chapter is so condensed that it necessarily abounds in dogmatic half statements. Plate I is unsatisfactory; hardly any student with only the picture C in mind would recognize a choked disk. Photographs are proper in support of a scientific thesis, but in an elementary treatise such as this a good analytic drawing would be much more useful. Moreover, the

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