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June 23, 1945

Foundations of Neuropsychiatry

JAMA. 1945;128(8):623. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860250069028

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The popularity and usefulness of Dr. Cobb's book is attested by the fact that it is now in its third edition. It is surprising to note how well the author has performed his task of simplifying and schematizing a complex subject. In doing so he has of course subjected himself to the criticism of eliminating much important material and of being guilty of dogmatic assertions when these are not possible. It is difficult to see how these can be avoided in attempting to present neurology to medical students, and it should be borne in mind that to simplify adequately presupposes a sound knowledge of the subject in question. In this regard the author qualified without question. To follow the opposite extreme would be to make the subject both unpalatable and unintelligible. Despite the pitfalls inherent in his chosen approach to the problem of neuropsychiatry, Dr. Cobb has succeeded admirably in

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