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December 1972

Pathology of The Nervous System, vol 2.

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Burlington, Vt

Arch Intern Med. 1972;130(6):974-975. doi:10.1001/archinte.1972.03650060158039

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This is the second of a projected three-volume textbook of classical neuropathology. The present volume is divided into nine parts dealing, respectively, with metabolic disturbances, degenerations, vascular disturbances, deficiencies, intoxication, trauma, birth defects and malformations, congenital space occupying lesions, and neoplasms.

This book is disappointing. Part of the problem relates to the fact that it was in the making for so many years that it cannot possibly incorporate most of the exciting developments that have taken place in neurochemistry and electronmicroscopy. Very few of the references are later than 1965 or 1966, even in some of the areas where a great deal of work has been published. This criticism applies in particular to the part dealing with metabolic disturbances.

Another way of describing the inadequacies of this volume is that in many respects it is beyond the need for medical students, while in many other respects it is entirely too

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