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November 1958

Foundations of Neuropsychiatry

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1958;80(5):597-598. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1958.02340110067010

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The fact that this is the sixth edition of this book attests to its value for students over the past twenty-two years. The book is designed "to give to practitioners and students of medicine the facts and correlations needed to understand the simpler workings of the central nervous system." In these aims, at once both modest and tremendous, it succeeds admirably.

As an introductory volume to function and diseases of the nervous system, there are the usual chapters on anatomy and physiology, the autonomic nervous system, segmental and suprasegmental aspects of the cerebrospinal nervous system, motor integration and locomotion, functional localization in the cerebral fluid, neuropathology, neurology, and epilepsy. In many of these chapters, the concepts of the interrelation of structure, function, and disordered function are presented with a rare clarity. The real high points of the book, however, rest in three chapters on subjects seldom dealt with in introductory

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