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August 1958

A Textbook of Clinical Neurology

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1958;80(2):197-198. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1958.02340080067018

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The popularity of this textbook can be adduced by the appearance of an eighth edition. The general format of this new edition is similar to that of the previous one and includes a chapter on psychological testing by the author's brother, David Wechsler, and one on the neuroses. The illustrations are good and the chapters arranged in a logical fashion. One wonders, however, whether it is reasonable to refer to aneurysms as slow-growing vascular tumors and to discuss them in the section on tumors of the brain. It is further confusing that subarachnoid hemorrhage is dealt with later. Although recent advances in neurology are, in general, adequately dealt with, a one-line reference to the possible role of abnormal copper metabolism in hepatolenticular degeneration is disappointing. Most confusing is the mention of the presence of a Kayser-Fleischer ring in pseudosclerosis of Westphal, whereas this sign is not mentioned in dealing with

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