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October 31, 1966

The Thalamus

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edited by Dominick P. Purpura and Melvin D. Yahr, proceedings of the First International Symposium sponsored by the Parkinson's Disease Information and Research Center, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, a joint program of the National Institutes of Health and Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 438 pp, with illus, $15, New York and London: Columbia University Press, 1966.

JAMA. 1966;198(5):565. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110180109043

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In reviewing this book one is compelled to compliment the editors, not only for this efficient task of securing the full manuscripts, with their illustrations and extensive discussion, but also for organizing these 22 technical papers in such a concise and integrated way. The book is truly international, since 12 of its contributors are from Europe and the Far East.

The introductory paper by E. A. Walker of Johns Hopkins is a masterly summary of the complexity of this important basal structure. This chapter is written in such a way that the ordinary clinician, without much knowledge of neurophysiology, can read it through and understand it.

The third chapter, by Papas from Columbia, with examples of electron microscopic studies of these complex circuits, would have to be read and reread several times by the ordinary physician before comprehension is achieved. The illustrations are of the highest quality.

As one gets