June 1938

Pathology of the Central Nervous System.

Author Affiliations

By Cyril B. Courville, M.D., Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry, College of Medical Evangelists, and Director, Cajal Laboratory of Neuropathology, Los Angeles County Hospital. Price, $5.75. Pp. 344, with 200 illustrations. Mountain View, California: Pacific Press Publishing Association, 1937.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1938;61(6):1013-1014. doi:10.1001/archinte.1938.00180110168013

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This new textbook has been written for medical students at their request and for this reason has been kept simple. Because of its simplicity it will appeal to many general readers, particularly those interested in the nervous system but a little fearful of its intricacies. The author, being a pathologist, avoids as best he can the attachment of personal names to the different clinical syndromes that are encountered in the field of clinical neurology. Rather, he wishes to have his students learn to make clinical diagnoses on a pathologicophysiologic basis, and he attempts to show how this may be done in a logical manner.

His method of approach is pleasant. He claims that for a proper understanding of diseases of the nervous system the life history of each lesion, as well as its peculiar predilections for certain regions of the brain or spinal cord, is of vital importance and that

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