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November 1921


Arch NeurPsych. 1921;6(5):593-594. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1921.02190050128011

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This opusculum of only about 3,500 words (excluding foreword and preface) contains an astonishing amount of information. The author, a Norwegian writing English, evidently has turned his back on the polysyllabic cult. His point is clearly stated in a few short words. Verily it is restful to read English which is correct, yet aspires to be neither eloquent, elegant nor pedantic.

The field indicated by the title is exceedingly well covered, very little is omitted, and the reviewer has discovered only one misstatement: that hoary and generally credited error, that in trigeminal neuralgia the nerve trunks are tender at their points of exit. Not only are the methods of examining the motor and sensory systems, the reflexes, the gait, the special senses, etc., clearly and completely given, but electrical examination and examination of the spinal fluid are included, as well as some very practical hints on simulation. Furthermore, the appendix

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