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June 1960

Neurology of Infancy.

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By Anatole Dekaban, M.D., Ph.D. Price, $12.00. Pp. 388, with 185 illustrations. The Williams & Wilkins Company, 428 E. Preston St., Baltimore 2, 1959.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1960;99(6):865. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1960.02070030867026

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This well-organized and compact volume is an important contribution in the field of pediatric neurology. The author has been wise to limit its scope to the first two years of life. He thus has avoided the need to include a vast range of neurological conditions which are common to both older children and adults and has been free to concentrate on the neurological problems which are peculiar to pediatrics.

The first chapter, on the developmental anatomy and physiology of the central nervous system, is especially valuable. It includes seven plates, each of which illustrates gross anatomy, histology, and the extent of myelinization in various areas of the brain and spinal cord for one chronological stage during infancy. The chapter on the neurological examination of the infant includes an excellent and detailed review of development during this period.

The writing is concise and abreast of modern theory. While coverage of an

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