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October 7, 1950

Practical Neurological Diagnosis, with Special Reference to the Problems of Neurosurgery

JAMA. 1950;144(6):509. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920060071052

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The fourth edition of this textbook follows with only slight alterations the previous editions. A new section on the hypothalamus and a glossary of neurologic terms have been added. The chapter on the cerebellum has been rewritten.

The author discusses the physiology and methods of examination of the various portions of the nervous system in separate chapters, each devoted to an anatomic subdivision. This method of presentation is of value for the neurosurgeon who is interested in determining whether a single lesion, a tumor, for example, is present in the cerebrum, cerebellum or spinal cord. But the presentation, particularly that of the neurologic examination, is cumbersome and does not yield in an orderly fashion the information the student must have to evaluate the functional defects of the nervous system which may be present in a patient.

The text is illustrated by a number of pictures and diagrams. These are well

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