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December 5, 1885

Lectures on the Diagnosis of Diseases of the Brain.

JAMA. 1885;V(23):643. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391220027012

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These lectures were delivered at University College Hospital, London. They are most excellent. The author discusses briefly and closely the anatomy and physiology of the brain as far as they throw light on the diagnosis of cerebral diseases.

He then takes up the various symptoms of brain disease and discusses their cause and their value in forming a diagnosis. The last lectures in which he considers the "diagnosis of the nature of the lesion;" "the pathological diagnosis of sudden lesions" and of "chronic lesions" are particularly interesting, because they are eminently practical and clear. The book is not a large one. It comprises eighteen lectures, covering less than 240 pages. It is well worth reading by students and general practitioners. The interest of the subject and the clearness and conciseness of the author recommend the book to all.

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