July 6, 1907

Diagnosis of Organic Nervous Diseases.

JAMA. 1907;XLIX(1):64-65. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530010068020

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A well balanced, consistent book on the diseases of the nervous system is a rarity. As yet the best neurologic literature is in the monographic stage. Most of the works that attempt to cover the whole field usually follow no general scheme based on pathology, physiology or semeiology. In a haphazard way they present a mass of disjointed, disconnected, unsystematized so-called facts. Hence rare, indeed, is the neurologic treatise that does not reveal a number of inconsistencies and contradictions. When these larger compilations are compressed into compends and handbooks the inconsistencies contradictions, inadequate explanations and general confusion stand forth in glaring emphasis. For this and other reasons we are opposed to the use of compends and handbooks in neurology. They foster the little knowledge which, in neurology especially, is infinitely more dangerous than no knowledge at all.

The present volume is one of the best of this class, especially the

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