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March 7, 1964

Pathology of Tumours of the Nervous System

JAMA. 1964;187(10):783-784. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060230111041

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The first edition of this book, published in 1959 and reprinted in 1960, has been hailed as a classic in its field. "A classic is a book which one praises without reading," says Chesterton, but this definition does not fit Russell and Rubinstein. Well-worn copies in laboratories throughout the world are mute witnesses to its usefulness and authority. A new edition is most welcome.

Since the first edition contains a full description of the gross and microscopic appearances of tumors of the central and peripheral nervous system and a judicious discussion of their histogenesis, few revisions have been necessary in four years. Some material, such as a paragraph on progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, has been added and references have been brought up to date. A few illustrations have been changed, but the standards in this regard were already high.

Two major changes, however, add considerably to the value of the book

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