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November 1944

The Neurosurgical Patient: His Problems of Diagnosis and Care.

Arch NeurPsych. 1944;52(5):429. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1944.02290350090011

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It is difficult to decide for what readers Dr. Rand's book is designed. The volume consists of records of neurosurgical clinics almost literally transcribed. For neurosurgeons the treatment is too condescending, glib and superficial. The student or the general practitioner will probably not take the time to go through so much material in order to extract essential data. The style is careless and the editing poor. In one place the author apologizes, only too candidly: "I should have spoken of this... first." One wonders why he did not. The stenographic recording of the clinics has not been sufficiently adapted to the literary medium. For quick reading, the student would do well to study the excellent illustrations, together with their full and descriptive captions.

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