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July 7, 1956

Diseases of the Nervous System

JAMA. 1956;161(10):1030. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970100096030

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Since this book first appeared in 1933 it has continuously ranked among the world's most popular and outstanding textbooks of neurology. This fifth edition upholds the reputation of its predecessors. New material has been added on cervical spondylosis, the coxsackie viruses, viral encephalitis, acute hemorrhagic leukoencephalitis, toxoplasmosis, polymyositis, and neuropathy and myopathy associated with carcinoma. The treatment of meningitis, poliomyelitis, and lead poisoning has also been brought up-to-date, and a section on consciousness has been added. In view of the general excellence and usefulness of this book and the outstanding position of its author, it is to be regretted that the revision has not been more thorough. The book is deficient and uncritical in some sections, particularly in dealing with treatment. One is also struck on reading the opening chapter by the fact that the author has not presented a modern view of the neural motor mechanism. So far as

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