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December 5, 1936

Les maladies nerveuses

JAMA. 1936;107(23):1916. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770490070035

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The author adheres to the purpose of his father, which was to prepare a practical textbook of nervous diseases that would be useful to medical students and general practitioners. He has purposely avoided controversial topics and rare maladies. An introductory chapter contains general information on the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system. This is followed by the main body of the work, which includes descriptions of the organic diseases of the peripheral nerves, muscles, spinal cord, brain stem, cerebellum, cerebrum and meninges. Fifty-three pages is then devoted to the functional diseases hysteria, neurasthenia and the traumatic neuroses. A satisfactory alphabetical index appears at the end. While there is a profusion of illustrations, many are small, indistinct and not well labeled. This contribution does not serve the purpose of a reference book, and the reader will often be disappointed by his failure to find information on such subjects as narcolepsy,

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