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May 1920


Arch NeurPsych. 1920;3(5):599. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1920.02180170140010

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This being the ninth edition of what has proved to be a standard textbook, a detailed review is superfluous; especially, as the present edition differs but little from the preceding one, except that "the subjects of general paresis and traumatic insanity have been rewritten."

Avowedly the authors have in mind the immediate needs of the average medical student and general practitioner, and these needs are well met. Both authors have the art of simple and clear statement, they avoid hypotheses and controversial matter and they show excellent discrimination between the essential and nonessential.

In the department of nervous diseases one might desire a little more careful revision. Somewhat at random we note: that in the treatment of trifacial neuralgia, much of the matter is antiquated and some inaccurate—e. g., the statement that Spiller and Frazier divide "the sensory root above the ganglion but outside the skull;" that the distinction between

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