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April 17, 1972

Differential Diagnosis in Pediatric Neurology

Author Affiliations

Indiana University Indianapolis

JAMA. 1972;220(3):422. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03200030080040

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Despite the author's choice of title, this excellent book is truly an introduction to pediatric neurology. One of the few books that is precisely what it purports to be, "a primary source book," achieving the author's stated aim, it is admirably suited to medical student, junior house officer, and nonneurological trainees and practitioners. The author is to be congratulated on its organization which lends itself to easy and immediately practical reference. The numerous tables of classification are extremely useful as well as being quite comprehensive. The text material is refreshingly succinct but quite comprehensive as well.

The present reviewer can take exception to only two points; one is a matter of opinion, but the other really should be corrected as being misleading, perhaps dangerously so. Electromyography in infants and young children has, in most hands, not been as specifically diagnostic as Dr. Lagos implies. More important, though, is the failure