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January 1925

Maladies des nerfs périphÉpiques et du sympathique.

Author Affiliations

Par Pitres, Professeur a la Faculté de Médecine de Bordeaux; Vaillard, Médecin Inspecteur Général de l'Armée, Membre de l'Académie de Médecine; Laignel-Lavastine, Professeur Agrégé a la Faculte de Médecine de l'Hôpital Laennec. Avec 56 figures intercalées dans le texte. Pp. 857. Paris, Librairie J. B. Bailliére et Fils, 1924.

Arch NeurPsych. 1925;13(1):152-153. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1925.02200070155017

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This work is the thirty-sixth volume of the encyclopedic nouveau traite de médecine et de thérapeutique, edited by Gilbert and Carnot, and constitutes a full and excellent treatise on diseases of the peripheral nerves and of the sympathetic nervous system. Its only obvious defect is lack of consideration of experience gained in the Great War and in the post bellum period. The paucity of bibliographic references later than 1914 is striking. But this criticism is scarcely applicable to the section on the sympathetic (by Laignel-Lavastine) which is up to date, lucid and well balanced.

The book opens with 103 pages on anatomy, histology, physiology, degeneration and regeneration of nerves, followed by thirty-four pages of general symptomatology.

To peripheral neuritis are devoted 418 pages, and the subject is fully covered in all its aspects: mononeuritides, polyneuritides, tabetoneuritic and paretoneuritic syndromes. Korsakoff's psychosis, Landry's paralysis, ascending neuritis, hypertrophic neuritis and paralysis due