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January 4, 1971

A Physiological Approach to Clinical Neurology

Author Affiliations

Bowman Gray School of Medicine Winston-Salem, NC

JAMA. 1971;215(1):123. doi:10.1001/jama.1971.03180140087034

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Not many authors have used patients and their diseases as the models for the neurophysiology which they wish to teach. Dr. Lance has done this in an admirable way and has produced a volume which is laced with evidence of his understanding of neuroscience and clinical neurology. His approach is clinical and his subject is the patient, not the monkey, cat, or dog. In order to add interest, Dr. Lance traces the evolution of neurophysiologic thinking as he develops the topic under discussion.

For illustrations, Dr. Lance draws on the classics such as the statue of Laocoön as well as line drawings of tracts, graphs of muscle activity, and photographs of patients.

Like all good neurologists, he considers the mind-brain relationship and takes an occasional wide swing into speculative neurology. For this, one admires rather than faults him because it is evidence of a man who is not tied to