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December 1940


Arch NeurPsych. 1940;44(6):1352. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1940.02280120199022

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This book is intended as a manual for general practitioners, and seems adequate for its purpose. The various forms of neurosyphilis are clearly described in a didactic manner, and with due appreciation of transitional and atypical forms of the disease. A brief account of the pathologic anatomy is given with each entity, and treatment is outlined. The historical aspects of the subject are admirably done, and well documented in the bibliography.

Experienced neurologists may be irked by certain shortcomings of the book. Most of the pathologic descriptions are taken from rather old textbooks. The work of Orr and Rowes is taken at its face value. The use of tryparsamide and its special indications are passed over hastily. The Swift-Ellis treatment is still recommended and illustrated. The prognosis of optic neuritis is given as hopeless, and no therapeutic implications are suggested. The discussion of treatment by artificial fever is inadequate. Only

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