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October 25, 1952

Patterns of Organization in the Central Nervous System: Proceedings of The Association, December 15 and 16, 1950, New York, N. Y. Research Publications, Association for Research in Nervous and Mental Diseases, Volume XXX.

JAMA. 1952;150(8):833. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680080095032

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The 25 papers that make up this volume are all by different authors and summarize the results of laboratory investigations. The papers are grouped into four sections. The first consists of seven papers dealing mainly with peripheral nerves and spinal reflexes, the second (five papers) with motor nerves and cortical motor areas, the third (four papers) with the cerebellum and brain stem, and the fourth (nine papers) with sensory phenomena and integrations at higher levels. Each section concludes with a résumé in which an authority brings out the most significant points in the preceding papers.

This device, together with the fact that the papers are extremely well written, goes far toward making the book interesting to the general medical reader. It will probably be some time before all the ideas expressed are fully appreciated and find their ultimate clinical application. An instance is the work reported in the first chapter

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