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April 1949

The Clinical Examination of the Nervous System.

Arch NeurPsych. 1949;61(4):462-464. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1949.02310100126014

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This work of the leading Norwegian neurologist, published in Norway in 1914 and translated into French and English, has had great success. This is the eighth English edition. One reviewer (J. A. M. A. 137:754 [June 19] 1948) speaks of an "excellent book... one of the best on clinical examination in neurology." Another reviewer, Paul Mollaret, the editor of Revue neurologique, says (Rev. neurol. 79:145, 1947) that this work is "too classic" to need an introduction.

It is indeed a good book but contains much that is open to criticism. As a whole, the book does not give the impression of a well rounded work and lacks proportion. The significance of some signs is evaluated in greatest detail, and that of others, not at all. This complete lack of evaluation of some signs, tests and reflexes, the lack of parallel presentation of normal and pathologic findings, is deplorable

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