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February 1927

Neurologie. Les Consultations Journalières.

Arch NeurPsych. 1927;17(2):281. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1927.02200320135020

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This is a pocket-sized manual designed for the physician in general practice, telling him how to make diagnoses and what to do in cases of nervous diseases, and also indicating what can be done for the relief of such patients by properly trained personnel. The emphasis is always on treatment, and it is interesting to note the increasingly large number of therapeutic methods that find application in cases of nervous disease. For the relief of pain, for example, one can start with coal-tar analgesics, proceeding to opiates, physiotherapy, electrotherapy, and radiotherapy and then resort, if necessary, to surgical procedures such as intraneural or epidural injections, rhizotomy, sympathectomy and cordotomy.

The material is unevenly stressed, much space being devoted to simple procedures while decompression, ventricular puncture and malaria inoculation are given a description that is entirely inadequate for one who would attempt them. The book is not a catalogue of prescriptions;

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