May 1960

A Textbook of Neurology.

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By H. Houston Merritt, M.D. Price, $12.50. Pp. 765, with 123 tables and 182 illustrations. Lea & Febiger, 600 S. Washington Sq., Philadelphia 6, 1959.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1960;105(5):820. doi:10.1001/archinte.1960.00270170158021

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This is the second edition of an excellent textbook first published in 1955. It is divided into ten chapters based on the various disease processes and not on the various anatomical sites of disease as in some earlier neurological textbooks. This is, of course, more meaningful to those who are not primarily neurologists. It does not have a section on neurological diagnosis. This is an obvious deficiency from the medical student's standpoint. The author explains in the preface to the first edition that this omission was made to conserve space; it will not, unfortunately, conserve the student's money, as he will have to make up this deficiency by the purchase of another book on neurological diagnosis. However, the book is otherwise so excellent that this deficiency may be overlooked.

It is rather sparingly but suitably illustrated. An excellent feature is the inclusion of many charts and tables that bring diseases,

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