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Book and Media Reviews
November 15, 2006


Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2006;296(19):2379-2384. doi:10.1001/jama.296.19.2382

Neurological therapeutics has moved well beyond the therapeutic nihilism of previous decades when many neurologists, recognizing the limitations of available treatments, instead focused their energies on improving diagnosis and elucidating various clinicopathological disease states. In 1922, neurologist Charles Dana commented in this journal1(p261):

I have noted that when a therapeutic article is presented to neurologists, there occurs a certain sagging of the facial muscles and a look of sorrow that a presumably trained mind should be wasting its energies and perhaps entering on a decline.