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February 1, 1985

The Clinical Neurosciences

Author Affiliations

Harvard Medical School-Beth Israel Hospital Boston

JAMA. 1985;253(5):694. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03350290100041

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That things out of Texas are big is well established; that they can also be good is exemplified by what is undoubtedly the world's largest textbook of the neurological sciences. Roger Rosenberg, Robert Grossman, Sydney Schochet, Ralph Heinz, William Willis and no less than 137 collaborators have put together in five volumes more than 3,600 pages of text dealing with the intricacies, the delights, and the puzzles of the neurosciences.

This enormous amount of material has been divided into sections of neurology, neurosurgery, neuropathology, neuroradiology, and neurobiology. The authors' avowed purpose was to make available to the practitioner and student cross-referenced, interdisciplinary information on specific clinical conditions. They have attempted to present the clinical neurosciences as a cohesive, balanced, and closely associated group.

They have succeeded only partially in reaching this almost utopian goal. The sheer magnitude of the task has conspired to render their labor extraordinarily difficult. The chapters,