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October 11, 1995

Merritt's Textbook of Neurology

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Naval Hospital Cherry Point, NC

JAMA. 1995;274(14):1173. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03530140085041

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This is a good neurology text, a good fundamental reference of neurological facts and pearls. My first neurology text was the fifth edition of Merritt, and what I liked then continues in this volume. It is thorough, facts about most neurological problems are easy to find, and they are presented in a predictable format. The writing is clear, and although Merritt has not been a single-author work since the sixth edition, the editor, Lewis Rowland, has generally succeeded in keeping the style uniform. Although the text does not have as much material as multivolume works like Clinical Neurology, edited by Joynt (formerly Baker and Baker), it is an authoritative compendium of the fundamentals of clinical neurology.

This book is about as up-to-date as a textbook can be in such a dynamic field. A fine section on DNA diagnosis by Rowland begins, "We are still in the midst of the whirlwind

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