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January 29, 1973

Diseases of the Nervous System

JAMA. 1973;223(5):561. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03220050061035

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This is an easily read, practical book written by highly regarded and experienced practicing neurologists. It is primarily for medical students, but it has much information in it for general practitioners, internists, and psychiatrists. Actually, an established neurologist profits from some of the keen observations recorded and opinions expressed.

Each of the 19 chapters is concise and lucidly discusses major subjects and conditions with but passing mention of the rare or esoteric. Interwoven with the topics are contemporary ideas of anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, pathogenesis, investigative procedures, and treatment. This book is designed to give a general background of clinical neurology rather than to serve as a reference.

Chapter 1 succinctly discusses the form and functions of the nervous system and chapter 3, the examination of that system. Chapter 2 is a helpful discussion of differential diagnostic considerations in the eight most common symptoms leading to neurological consultation; headache, pain, paresthesias,