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Book and Media Review
June 2016

Review of Merritt’s Neurology, 13th ed

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Neurology, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
JAMA Neurol. 2016;73(6):763. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2016.1005

The first edition of this textbook was published in 1955, with H. Houston Merritt as its sole author. Over the years, it evolved into a book authored by many of Merritt’s former students and edited solely by Lewis P. (Bud) Rowland. For the present edition (ie, the 13th), the book has changed again, this time into a volume with 3 influential coeditors (including Dr Rowland) and 20 section editors. The increasing subdivision of editorial responsibility for books such as this, and for journals as well, is not surprising given the rapid advances in clinical neurology and the neurosciences, and such an approach has worked well for this volume. There are more than 180 authors—many of whom are acknowledged experts in the field—drawn from across the country and reflecting the subspecialization that has occurred within the general field of neurology.

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