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July 29, 1974

Basic Neurology: An Introduction to the Structure and Function of the Nervous System

Author Affiliations

Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center Chicago

JAMA. 1974;229(5):580. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230430072041

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The first edition appeared in 1965. It aimed to present an introduction to the fundamentals of neurological sciences in an intradisciplinary fashion and encompassed approximately 350 pages. Individual sections on neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neurochemistry, and neuropsychology were included. The original paperback has been replaced by a hard cover edition and now contains enlarged and newly completed illustrations of exceptional quality. The illustrations of the development of the cerebral hemispheres and of the cerebral circulation handle a difficult problem with particular clarity. Photographs of portmortem specimens add both variety and realism to the anatomical presentation. However, elimination of the sections of neurochemistry and neuropsychology make the title, Basic Neurology, inappropriate.

The sections of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology remaining in the second edition are simplified and easily followed, making this text suitable as an introduction to these disciplines. The usual difficulties encountered in the elucidation of neural pathways had not been solved by supplementation