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January 11, 1965

Problems of Dynamic Neurology: An International Volume

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Bridgeport, Conn

JAMA. 1965;191(2):146-147. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080020074038

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In medicine today, refined technique has now begun to permit discussion of function in terms of molecular action. In another direction the "science" of probability and the preoccupation with statistics have achieved a degree of sophistication which permits accurate prediction of mass phenomena. In the center, however, remains the individual; and though he may successfully interpret the order of his universe or of his submicroscopic self, he must always deal, socially or medically, with complex entities like himself.

The generalist and most specialists may treat physically disordered persons whose cognitive functions are intact. The neurologist, on the other hand, often deals clinically with patients in whom these dynamic functions are distorted. The resulting problems are often the most frustrating, while remaining the most intriguing in neurology. The dualism of "brain" and "mind," repeatedly the subject of philosophical speculation, is often neglected in standard neurology curricula because of inherent difficulties of

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