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December 28, 1940

Tratado de enfermedades nerviosas

JAMA. 1940;115(26):2305-2306. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810520067032

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These two large volumes are said to be based mainly on the clinic and teachings of Dr. L. Barraquer Roviralta of the Hospital de la Santa Cruz y San Pablo de Barcelona, to whom it is dedicated. The preface by Pierre Marie is worthy of Mark Twain. After a brief historical sketch which is hardly more than a list of names the authors begin with a discussion of the methods of examination, which is adequate although physiologic observations are interspersed in a manner more confusing than illuminating. This section covers 270 pages.

The treatise proper begins with a section on the peripheral somatic nerves, which is good; the discussions are brief and generally accurate and there in an excellent description of the polyneuritis of leprosy. Nothing is said of the possibility that avitaminosis may play a role in the causation of alcoholic polyneuritis. The authors state that paralysis of the

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