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December 1937

Diseases of the Nervous System in Infancy, Childhood and Adolescence.

Am J Dis Child. 1937;54(6):1430. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1937.01980060222018

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The author successfully "attempted to bring together and to analyze all available information" on diseases of the nervous system of infancy and childhood. Classifications are based on etiology, with consideration of clinical features.

The first 150 pages are devoted to nervous anatomy, emphasizing clinical syndromes and signs. There is a description of the prenatal diseases of the nervous system and an excellent detailed description of the degenerative diseases. Infections and parasitic invasions of the nervous system are divided into those due to filtrable viruses characterized by an inflammatory process involving chiefly the gray matter, bacterial infections involving the nervous system, and the toxic and metabolic disorders in which vascular demyelination is the striking feature of the pathologic picture. A chapter is devoted to vascular accidents and circulatory disorders. Neoplasms are well described, the general classification of Bailey being followed. There are a discussion of injuries to the nervous system and

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