July 1974

Brain's Clinical Neurology, ed 4.

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Burlington, Vt


Revised by Roger Bannister. Price, $11.50. Pp 439. Oxford University Press, 200 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016, 1973.

Arch Intern Med. 1974;134(1):184. doi:10.1001/archinte.1974.00320190186043

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A whole generation of physicians remember Brain's Clinical Neurology with fondness as the textbook used in their medical student days. It was, in its day, unquestionably the best textbook available on the American market. Part of its attractiveness came from the fact that it represented the distillation of British clinical neurology and the Queen Square school.

The book retains a great deal of what made it justly famous in the past and has been brought up to date in a fashion that is most commendable. The balance between the basic anatomy and physiology and the clinical material is judicious; the bibliography following each section has been kept short enough so as not to be forbidding. Interestingly enough, the almost total devotion to the British literature is a syndrome quite common in our own American publications.

Few textbooks are perfect and it is unfortunate that the author perpetuates the error

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