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December 31, 1938

The Form and Functions of the Central Nervous System: An Introduction to the Study of Nervous Diseases

JAMA. 1938;111(27):2513. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790530067031

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The third edition of this deservedly popular book on basic anatomic and physiologic data concerning the nervous system appears fifteen years after the preceding edition. The authors have modified much of the material to conform to the progress in the field but have maintained their individual and unusual form of presentation. Both authors have done extensive anatomic research, which explains the heavy anatomic loading of this tremendous tome. Profuse illustrations of gross and microscopic morphology dominate the book. For an anatomic orientation the book is highly recommended. The physiology is considerably weaker and in certain sections not down to date. The manner of clinical presentation artificially mechanizes localization and diagnosis, but since the book does not purport to be a clinical neurology this does not imply adverse criticism. This volume is an excellent introduction for serious students who plan to become neurologists but it is too detailed for the average

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