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May 12, 1999

Neuromythology: Clinical Neuromythology and Other Arguments and Essays, Pertinent and Impertinent

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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by William M. Landau, 556 pp, with illus, $70, ISBN 0-87993-6983, Armonk, NY, Futura Publishing Co, 1998.

JAMA. 1999;281(18):1757-1758. doi:10.1001/jama.281.18.1757-JBK0512-2-1

About a year ago, I considered writing an essay to be titled "Where is Franz Ingelfinger when we really need him?" Procrastination and authorial limitations allowed the project to languish, but no matter. We have William Landau!

Clinical Neuromythology is wonderful reading, and do we need it! Dr Landau's clarity, logic, humor, and superb use of language should make it a requirement, for medical students and house officers most of all. Although it appears that most of the book is about neurological topics, it is really about thought and science and logic and language. Certainly, neurology is the medium for most of the book, but breast cancer, epidemiology, and environmental issues—even politics—are among the wide range of topics.