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January 1, 1982

Principles of Neurology

JAMA. 1982;247(1):86. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320260064039

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The second edition of this neurology text follows the first by four years. It maintains its unique organization and is divided into six parts, including sections on neurological diagnosis, manifestations of neurological disease, major categories of neurological disease, disorders of peripheral nerve and muscle, psychiatric conditions, and the neurology of aging. The latter two sections are particularly appealing and distinguish this book from other neurological texts.

Furthermore, the organization of the book, in sequence from symptoms to disease, for the most part recapitulates the diagnostic exercise undertaken by physicians, who are approached by patients with complaints rather than diagnostic categories. This book serves to implement and reinforce the diagnostic process; thus, its very structure contributes to learning.

Some deficiencies of the first edition, including absence of a discussion of transient global amnesia (no pun intended) and normal pressure hydrocephalus, have been corrected. The importance of computed tomography in neurological diagnosis