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December 19, 1936

A Preface to Nervous Disease

JAMA. 1936;107(25):2077. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770510067027

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This is an excellent treatise written by an able neuropsychiatrist, who briefly discusses facts and correlations that are necessary in order to understand the simpler workings of the central nervous system. Anatomic, physiologic and pathologic data are closely correlated and the reader gets only the known and proved facts. The book is divided into twelve chapters, the autonomic nervous system, the cerebrospinal nervous system, motor integration and locomotion, functional localization in the cerebral cortex, consciousness and the "mind-body" problem, the cerebral circulation, the cerebrospinal fluid, paths of infection to the nervous system, general histologic pathology, the peripheral nerves and neuritis, special histologic pathology, and epilepsy and the psychoses. The author illustrates the relationship between psychiatry and certain other sciences. Psychiatry is represented as a pyramid, its apex being philosophy and its base physics, chemistry and anatomy. Above the latter three named are physiology, neurology and experimental psychology. Between these and

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