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January 28, 1933

Diseases of the Spinal Cord.

JAMA. 1933;100(4):283. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740040051036

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The first five chapters of this book deal with the anatomy, physiology, symptomatology and topical diagnosis of the spinal cord. In the succeeding ten chapters the various diseases are discussed. The excellent diagrams and illustrations are helpful. Quite properly, more space is given to diseases which wholly and chiefly affect the cord than to those which also affect the brain and peripheral nerves. The paragraphs on treatment are conservative and brief but concise, and they bring out almost all generally accepted methods. The use of iodized oil in level diagnosis is deprecated. The important operation of chordotomy is described in the chapter on topographic diagnosis, where its usefulness in gastric crises is mentioned; but no reference is made to it in the brief paragraph on the treatment of tabes. While drawing on a large personal experience, the author takes pains to state the experiences and views of others. The 328

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