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March 20, 1915

The Brain in Health and Disease.

JAMA. 1915;LXIV(12):1021. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570380069042

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This work is practically a collection of papers loosely bound together by more or less discursive and some polemic discussion. The papers are so loosely bound in places that extensive verbatim repetitions occur. The work is divided into two parts. The first, which deals with cerebral function in the normal brain, is the result of laborious and careful studies. It calls attention to a field of research but little explored, and makes accessible much valuable data on the micrometry of the cerebral cortex. The rest of the work consists of a short general review of psychology and over 300 pages devoted to cerebral function in mental disease. The author divides practically all mental diseases into amentia, or deficient neuronic development, and dementia, or neuronic degeneration. The further classification of these two groups is cumbersome and confusing, and is a decided step backward in an already unsatisfactory chapter in psychiatry. The

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