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September 16, 1974

Textbook of Child Neurology

Author Affiliations

Indiana University Medical Center Indianapolis

JAMA. 1974;229(12):1664. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230500078045

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This, the latest offering in child neurology textbooks, is without question the best, and more than likely, it will become the most widely used in the specialty of child neurology. The author and his collaborators are to be congratulated on their clarity of expression. The liberal use of summary tables and outlines is a most valuable feature and is found in almost every chapter. This is particularly true in those sections dealing with the degenerative and metabolic diseases. As could be expected from Dr. Menkes' previous work, these two chapters are truly outstanding. Another innovative and very helpful feature is the frequent listing of key references to obscure and rare conditions that are not discussed in detail, thus preserving the clarity in presenting material more suitable for textbook inclusion. A good example of this editorial technique can be found in the chapter on "Toxic Disorders." The chapter by Ronald D.