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March 1959

A Textbook of Clinical Neurology

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1959;103(3):506. doi:10.1001/archinte.1959.00270030162019

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Today, the medical student is faced with a choice of new books that have further parcelled the already parcellated books in the separate specialties. Now, in neurology, many of the new tests either deal with the clinical examination or the disease entities. This is fine for book publishers, but not for the student. The eighth edition of Wechsler's combines both, along with a supererogation of fine chapters on the neuroses and history of neurology. It is refreshing that it is an intimate book in which the personal views of a consumate observer are expressed. The author is not afraid to use, "I believe" (apparently the first person singular is anathema in current textbooks and scientific writing), and he intersperses the descriptive matter with his thoughts on a variety of controversial subjects in the field. It provides a change for the reader who is currently faced with compendiums written by a

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