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April 8, 1916

A Text-Book of Nervous Diseases for Students and Practicing Physicians. In thirty lectures.

JAMA. 1916;LXVI(15):1159. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02580410093033

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This book is good but not very useful. It is good because it contains all the most important facts of our present neurologic knowledge. It is not very useful because its verbosity and lack of clear, concise statement will repel the student and general practitioner, for whom it was designed. The subject-matter is presented in the form of thirty lectures, not because lectures actually delivered form the basis of the work, but because, as the author says in his preface, "of the recollection that in my student days, the reading of textbooks in lecture form was to my fellow students and myself like an oasis in the midst of the tiresome work of preparing for examinations." The clinical lectures of such masters as Trousseau, Charcot, Kraepelin and the elder Flint were and are delightful and illuminating. Those of our author might also be could he have compassed the clarity and

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