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September 1973

Handbook of Clinical Neurology: Multiple Sclerosis and Other Demyelinating Diseases, vol 9.

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Albany, NY

Arch Intern Med. 1973;132(3):459-460. doi:10.1001/archinte.1973.03650090129033

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Volume 9 of the Handbook of Clinical Neurology by B.J. Vinken and G.W. Bruyn is a magnificent work on the subject, though it is prohibitively expensive. It is, of course, a definitive work, and the authors of its chapters are representative of the best in their fields. Among the outstanding are Chapter 3 by Russell Dejong, Chapter 7 by John Kurtzke, and Chapters 8 and 20 by C.E. Lumsden. In fact, these two chapters by Lumsden would make a fine monograph on their own and deserve publication for students and practitioners, perhaps in soft cover, thus obviating the present debilitating price of $64.00. This sort of price automatically relegates this and the other volumes of the Handbook series to reserve shelves of medical libraries, thereby inhibiting their circulation.

The briefer chapters in the book have more limited value, but the volume as it stands will be a source of information

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