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August 1935

The Brain as an Organ: Its Postmortem Study and Interpretation.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1935;56(2):412. doi:10.1001/archinte.1935.03920020204013

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This volume deals with the histopathology of the nervous system, mainly the brain, and with clinical correlations, the approach throughout being made from the view that the nervous system should be treated as a functional whole, a totality that is responsive in certain defined ways to the introduction of disturbing influences. In keeping with this position, the authors stress the desirability of making more extensive surveys in histopathologic examinations of the nervous system, recognizing that the distribution of lesions ranks in importance with their kind or quality. Emphasis is placed on the fact that the variety of histopathologic processes is limited, and that the same types of lesions may arise under dissimilar pathogenetic circumstances, thus indicating the need for caution in ascribing particular clinical conditions to specifically characteristic lesions.

The brief first chapter is devoted to orientation, introducing the reader to the objective and point of view of the work.

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