June 25, 1955

The Spino-Cerebellar Degenerations

JAMA. 1955;158(8):702. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960080078033

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The author is one of the world's best-known neuropathologists and a familiar figure to the many neurologists who received part of their training at "Queen Square." In this monograph he has presented the literature dealing with this interesting and extremely complex neurological subject. He has not presented any new facts or theories. One finds it difficult to accept his classification (in which he follows Holmes) of these diseases into spinal, spinocerebellar, and cerebellar forms. Although everyone would agree that certain cases tend to be predominantly spinal and others predominantly cerebellar, the variations within the various types, and even within the same family, are too great to permit them to be classified neatly into these rubrics. Dr. Greenfield has begun with a concise summary of the structure and function of the cerebellum and has followed this with brief discussions of pathogenesis and classification of these diseases. He then presents in great

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