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January 3, 1959

The Neurologic Examination: Incorporating the Fundamentals of Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology

JAMA. 1959;169(1):89-90. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03000180091028

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This volume retains all of the features of the first edition, published eight years ago, and there have been only minor changes. The writing is lucid and the chapters are well organized. Illustrations are ample, appropriate, and clear. References have been selected with care and are up to date. The author has generally succeeded in describing clinical neurological abnormalities in essential detail. This is not a textbook of neurophysiology or neuroanatomy, but sufficient information is provided to assist in both the interpretation of signs and understanding of modern theories of abnormal function. The author treats poorly understood phenomena with commendable caution and handles difficult topics like aphasia in comprehensible fashion. The author of any book centered about the neurological examination is bound to be criticized for including too much or too little, according to the reader's tastes and interests. There are physiological omissions, such as the role of the small

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