October 1970

Handbook of Clinical Neurology, vol 2, Localization in Clinical Neurology.

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Albuquerque, NM


Edited by PJ Vinken MD, GW Bruyn MD. Price, $63. Pp 802. North-Holland Publishing Co, Amsterdam, US distributor, John Wiley & Sons, 605 Third Ave, New York 10016,1969.

Arch Intern Med. 1970;126(4):705-706. doi:10.1001/archinte.1970.00310100151031

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This 802-page book is the second in the 30-volume series entitled Handbook of Clinical Neurology. The editors of this monumental effort are Dutch, and it is not surprising to find that they have selected many European authors. For the most part, the non-American contributors have done an excellent job, and it is of interest to read the opinions of authorities whose writings are encountered relatively infrequently.

The physician seeing a patient with neurologic disease must devote his initial efforts to locating the abnormal process. It is only after mastering this first step that he can proceed to making an etiologic diagnosis. The nonneurologist is often discouraged by this apparently complex anatomical exercise. Hopefully, his book will make the task some-what easier, although the massive amount of material contained within its pages might in itself prove a handicap. In addition, the neophyte unable to determine whether the disease is in the

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