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July 1940

Injuries of the Nervous System Including Poisoning.

Arch NeurPsych. 1940;44(1):242. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1940.02280070250023

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This is probably the worst written book on injuries of the head that has come to the attention of the reviewer. It is so bad, in fact, that much of the worthwhile material is lost on the reader, who resents the murdering of the King's English and whose attention is arrested by strange constructions and misuse of words. Another defect in the work arises from the conflict between completeness and condensation. Many authors are cited, but their theories regarding mechanisms are merely stated, the authors not taking any definite stand or apparently even endeavoring to clarify the matter for the reader. There are even some mislabeled illustrations. The preface contains a lame excuse: "We know that this is a framework, but we quoted the literature to enable the student to easily make up the deficiency." Seventeen pages of recent literature in six languages will not, in the reviewer's opinion, simplify

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