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March 13, 1972

Clinical Neurology

JAMA. 1972;219(11):1484. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03190370072032

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The second edition of Elliott's textbook of neurology is 62 pages shorter than the first edition. The book consists of 22 chapters, 7 on pathophysiology of neurological systems, 4 on the evaluation of certain neurological symptoms (headaches, seizures) and 11 on diseases grouped by etiology. This organizational format produces considerable repetition; for example, the symptoms of cerebellar dysfunction are described in the chapter on the motor system and are recapitulated in cerebellar sections of the chapters on neoplastic, developmental, degenerative, and nutritional disorders. The book is up to date; it includes a section on the neurological complications of marihuana use. Each chapter is followed by a list of 50 to 100 recent and, in general, well-chosen references. Occasionally Elliott describes the results of a published work in detail, even giving the author's name, but then he fails to include the work in the reference list. Other minor irritations include the