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November 17, 1978

Neurological Pathophysiology

Author Affiliations

University of Vermont Burlington


by Sven G. Eliasson, Arthur L. Prensky, and William B. Hardin, Jr, ed 2; 454 pp, with illus, $16.95, paper $9.95, New York, Oxford University Press, 1978.

JAMA. 1978;240(21):2332. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03290210114050

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This book remains a unique contribution to the neurologic literature in that it manages to convey to the intellectually curious physician and student a superb balance between basic sciences and their clinical applications. It also manages the rare feat of avoiding most zebras and concentrating on horses. It retains the clarity of exposition that was so apparent in the first edition and continues the useful practice of pointing out which hypotheses and procedures remain controversial.

Two somewhat disappointing features need to be mentioned. The chapter on disorders of cerebral circulation is curiously lacking in a discussion of transient ischemic attacks and the bases for therapeutic considerations. Second, the short bibliographies are not as up to date as they might be. In general, however, this book is recommended with enthusiasm.