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October 15, 1973

Scientific Foundations of Neurology

Author Affiliations

Indiana University School of Medicine Indianapolis


edited by Macdonald Critchley, James L. O'Leary, and Bryan Jennett, 502 pp, 253 illus, $33. F. A. Davis Co., 1972.

JAMA. 1973;226(3):360. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03230030072036

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The editors of this multiauthored volume intended to "highlight some of the more recent work [for] neurologic clinicians or research-workers who are anxious for information as to the scientific principles of their own studies or those of colleagues in cognate fields." The book is divided into major sections, "Physiology in General," "The Peripheral Nervous System," "Motor System," "Epilepsy," "Sensory System," "Higher Nervous Activity," "Cerebral Circulation," "Cerebrospinal Fluid and Intracranial Pressure," "Diagnostic and Therapeutic Techniques," and finally, "Some Interesting Conditions." Each section has chapters by several authors. The editors make no attempt to coordinate or correlate the contributions. Subjects such as neuroradiology, genetics, and developmental or pediatric neurology receive little attention.

How well do the editors meet their goals? As to highlighting recent work for specialists in the field, we must challenge several chapters. For example, in "The Nerve Cell and Its Properties," only three of the 21 references were published