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January 30, 1909

Neurologic and Mental Diagnosis, A Manual of Methods.

JAMA. 1909;LII(5):404-405. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02540310064028

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The object of this volume, as stated in the introductory note, is "to aid the student and general practitioner to make thorough and systematic examinations in nervous and mental diseases." It consists of two sections, one on neurologic diagnosis by Dr. Clark and the other on methods of examination in cases of mental disorder by Dr. Diefendorf, to which is appended a glossary of terms used in psychiatry. In the first section Dr. Clark gives a very fair summary of methods, covering most of the needs of the general practitioner, which is made more useful by the numerous illustrations. Instructive examples of methods of recording case histories are given and, while the section is not exhaustive by any means and would not completely fortify the practitioner against a rigid examination by a clever and well-crammed lawyer in a medicolegal case, as in the noted Thaw trial, it will be a

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