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May 31, 1965

Principles of Clinical Neurology

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By Bernard H. Smith. 623 pp, 68 illus. $13.50. Year Book Medical Publishers, 35 E Wacker Dr, Chicago 60601, 1965

JAMA. 1965;192(9):790. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080220054033

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This is a lucid, fluent, well-organized textbook on the principles of neurological diagnosis with concise accounts of the more commonly encountered disorders of the nervous system. Emphasis is placed on the anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology operative in diseases of the peripheral and central nervous systems as well as in those disorders of muscle seen by the neurologist. Application of these principles, within the context of the clinical disorders discussed, provides a structure for their better understanding.

The book is not, nor does the author claim it to be, encyclopedic. The discussions of neurological conditions likely to be encountered by students and clinicians are informative and not burdened by distracting detail. Ancillary diagnostic procedures reflect current knowledge and experience. The photographic reproduction of radiograms is excellent. Suggestions for treatment are practical, and, where no specific therapy is known, this is frankly acknowledged.

The author achieves his purpose of providing principles which

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