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August 21, 1948

A Textbook of Clinical Neurology with an Introduction to the History of Neurology

JAMA. 1948;137(17):1564. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890510064031

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This well established and extensively used textbook of neurology has come through in a new edition, the sixth, and a review of its contents reveals that extensive revision has indeed taken place. The greatest changes are seen in the sections on therapy, where the remarkable achievements of the sulfonamide drugs and penicillin are documented in the various diseases such as purulent meningitis, brain abscess and syphilis of the nervous system. Apparently the book went to press before a record was established for the application of streptomycin in some diseases. Perhaps this is just as well, since a long period of test is necessary before one is justified in including a new drug as standard treatment, especially in a textbook which is used by medical students.

Much of the old has been retained in the book, although the author has made a strong attempt to eliminate the clinical pictures which are

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