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June 14, 1958

Foundations of Neuropsychiatry

JAMA. 1958;167(7):921. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.02990240121026

This authoritative book is small and easy to read. It contains an immense number of facts organized into a clear pattern, and the whole work is illuminated by the understanding that the author brings to his subject. The artificial barriers between neuropathology, neurophysiology, neurology, and psychiatry do not trouble him; he hurdles them easily and manages to achieve a satisfying synthesis of the classical anatomic point of view and the most modern functional concepts. The nonexpert should find this book useful either as an introduction or as a review. It touches on almost everything that has been thought and said about the central nervous system—makes it live and gives it meaning. The expert will be fascinated by the author's insight, his reasonableness, the skill with which he writes, and his mastery of his material. In a few places the expert may disagree with the author, but he will be interested

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