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January 25, 1995

Clinical Neurology of Aging

Author Affiliations

Harvard Medical School Beth Israel Hospital Boston, Mass

JAMA. 1995;273(4):354-355. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03520280102058

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This second edition of what rapidly became a reference text when the first edition appeared in 1984 was produced with the collaboration of 59 specialists in various aspects of geriatric neurology.

A simplistic expression of the growth of what is rapidly becoming a subspecialty of neurology is the almost 30% increase in the number of pages. In their preface to the second edition, the editors state, "Our goal has been to shape a comprehensive text-reference book of the neurology of aging providing the scientific foundations of clinical practice, together with practical clinical advice for diagnosis and management of neurological disorders in the elderly patient." In general, they have been highly successful in reaching that goal, although, as with all multiauthored compendia, the contents and quality vary somewhat. They have kept very much in mind Robert Joynt's admonition in his foreword to the first edition, "Physicians have now learned that old

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