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June 21, 1941

Diseases of the Nervous System Described for Practitioners and Students

JAMA. 1941;116(25):2823. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820250089026

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This is a primer in neurology. Whether such an elementary and superficial textbook on this subject is desirable and will prove useful to general practitioners and medical students is debatable. In any event the entire neurologic world cannot be other than disappointed that the editor of a leading neurologic journal and the most acrid critic among living neurologists should not have provided richer fare. As is to be expected from so eminent a neurologist, the limited information presented is, by and large, accurate; but there is no excuse for the numerous errors and bits of misinformation which the book contains. The statement on page 29 "that with cerebral disease incontinence... is not due to any special localization of the lesion" takes no cognizance of the excellent studies of Langworthy on the central innervation of the bladder which have been carried out for the past several years. In figure 1 the

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