May 28, 1982

Historical Aspects of the Neurosciences

Author Affiliations

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Cincinnati


edited by F. Clifford Rose and W. F. Bynum (Festschrift for Macdonald Critchley, symposium, London, 1980), 537 pp, with illus, $58, New York, Raven Press, 1982.

JAMA. 1982;247(20):2833. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320450065042

This volume stemmed from the first meeting of the History of Neurosciences Group held at the Medical Society of London and honoring one of its founders, Macdonald Critchley, world-famous neurologist then in his 80th year. Toward the back of the book, just ahead of a nine-page index, seven pages have been set aside for a listing of Critchley's honors, titles, and publications, an amazing record including his 15 books and more than 200 papers on a host of topics.

The volume is of interest especially for neurologists and neurosurgeons wanting to know about the history of their endeavor. Certain aspects of the development of the neurosciences are considered, as are historical aspects of the adjunctive disciplines of pathology, physiology, radiology, endocrinology, and chemistry as they pertain to the nervous system. Only neuroradiology receives what might be regarded as an overview. The others are represented largely in the work of a