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March 1932

The Selected Writings of John Hughlings Jackson. Volume 1. On Epilepsy and Epileptiform Convulsions.

Arch NeurPsych. 1932;27(3):757. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1932.02230150273022

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American neurologists have always paid tribute to the works of John Hughlings Jackson; therefore, the appearance of the first volume of selected writings is more than welcome. Dr. Taylor, the editor of these volumes, in 1925 collected and republished under the heading of "Neurological Fragments" some of Jackson's shorter notes. Dr. Taylor's introduction to this volume is praiseworthy, and all neurologists are indebted to him for the care that he has taken in collecting and editing these papers.

It is difficult not to moralize on the quality of Jackson's work in comparison with the present. Most original articles of today are far removed from the philosophical writings of Jackson. Many of them are experimental or neuropathologic. Clinical investigation occupies little space in neurologic publications of today. Philosophical writing is a rarity, and yet we need philosophy just as much today as in the time of Hughlings Jackson. This is not

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