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June 9, 1956

Clinical Studies in Neurology

JAMA. 1956;161(6):564. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970060078023

This is an unusual book for today's student of neurology. The author had a rare teaching experience and has faithfully recorded his lectures over 12 years on diseases of the nervous system at his parent university, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. These lectures appear just as they were recorded, except for a few additions to bring them up-to-date. The style is informal, witty, and interspersed with historical allusions and local color, but it is deeply imbued with scholarly and scientific evaluation and discussion of the more common neurological conditions found in the wards of any large municipal hospital. This form of clinical lecture has almost disappeared from medical literature. To revive it is courageous and in this instance worthwhile. Today's student can read this book with pleasure, catch the spirit of the author, and visualize his patients as he presented them in his characteristic, enthusiastic manner. He stresses the difficulties of

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