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November 1974

A Textbook of Neurology,

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Tampa, Fla

Arch Intern Med. 1974;134(5):965-966. doi:10.1001/archinte.1974.00320230175035

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In 1955, in the preface to the first edition of this book, Merritt wrote, "Neurology, a branch of medicine, which for many years has been traditionally allied with psychiatry, has in recent years returned more closely to the fold of Internal Medicine." Now, 18 years, four editions, nine printings, and 52,300 copies later, neurology has become even more closely related to internal medicine in principle, approach, and practice. The factors operative in this transition have been many. Among them have been the complexities of modern medicine, which have rendered the prior union of "neuropsychiatry" practically and conceptually difficult, the change of investigative neurology from the descriptive and nosologic to the biochemical and physiologic, and the availability of more scientifically based diagnostic techniques and treatment modalities. Among the operative factors, however, have been the 52,300 copies of this text distributed in the previous four editions. The book has helped school

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