June 1951

Practical Neurological Diagnosis.

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By R. Glen Spurling, M.D. Fourth edition. Price, $5.00. Pp. 268, with 101 illustrations. Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 301-307 E. Lawrence Ave., Springfield, Ill., 1950.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1951;81(6):867-868. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1951.02040030881015

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The objective of the work as given by the author is "to present a simple account of the principles of neurological diagnosis... for students and practitioners who desire to become more efficient in the recognition of neurological disorders." The book must be evaluated on this thesis. It is obviously not intended to be a complete account of neurological diagnosis. The principles of neurological diagnosis have been well chosen. There are a glossary of terms, discussion of the diagnostic implications referable to cranial nerves, cerebrum, cerebellum, hypothalamus and the spinal cord. Included also are chapters on history taking, reflexes, spinal fluid findings and roentgenologic examinations.

Those chapters dealing with the taking of spinal fluid and the roentgenologic examination are excellently done, as is the material relating to the form and functions of the larger divisions of the brain. One is somewhat dismayed at the lack of attention to accuracy in connection

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