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May 11, 1984

Color Atlas of Clinical Neurology

Author Affiliations

Veterans Administration Medical Center Boston

JAMA. 1984;251(18):2434-2435. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340420094039

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This book is one of a series of color atlases of medicine. With minimal text and 603 illustrations the author attempts to help "senior students" to "understand the significance of [neurologic] signs and their investigation." The author acknowledges the necessity of omissions and "sweeping generalizations" in order to present as much material as possible within the format of this series. He is also limited to topics and diseases that lend themselves to illustration and photography.

Given the modest goals and limiting format, it might be expected that the book would focus on common diseases and typical clinical presentations. These prototypical clinical situations could be augmented with schematic illustrations when appropriate, by up-to-date radiological methodology and by gross neuropathology. There are, in fact, several clear and useful lessons that display this optimal use of the book's format: the summary of the aneurysms of the posterior communicating artery and of the cavernous