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August 1970

Recent Advances in Neurology and Neuropsychiatry,

Arch Intern Med. 1970;126(2):340-341. doi:10.1001/archinte.1970.00310080146037

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There is little doubt that this book is the best of its kind in the English language. English neurologists, in contrast to the Americans, have never felt compelled to denigrate clinical neurology in favor of mediocre research. The result has been that the English are often our superiors as clinicians, and the relative small amount of research that they do stands in sharp contrast to the monuments of the commonplace which bury the few good papers we produce. The English clinician and writer also persists in writing clearly, while Americans tend to belabor the language and are fearful of an individualistic style when writing about scientific subjects.

The book reflects all the above English virtues. There is a happy mixture of the clinically relevant and the best of recent work in the field. There are ten chapters written by individual neurologists which cover topics such as disorders of memory, carcinomatous