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December 5, 1980


Author Affiliations

Nashville Veterans Administration Medical Center Nashville

JAMA. 1980;244(22):2563-2564. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03310220061037

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This new textbook of neurology is unusual in two respects. First, this volume presents the clinical scientific data to a much greater degree than other textbooks. Second, it contains the most mangled prose I have ever seen in print.

Most neurology texts are single- or dual-author treatises. The old master tells how he does it, with the expectation that the reader will henceforth do it the same way. The contributors gathered by Rosenberg, on the other hand, analyze existing evidence both for and against each specific treatment or diagnostic test. They may recommend a course of action, but the reasons for this recommendation are offered and the reader is free to draw his own conclusions, adapted to his experience with his own patient population. Less emphasis is given to neuroanatomic correlations, which are so beloved of the medical student but are of marginal clinical use.

Like all edited works, the