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April 1966

Neurocutaneous Diseases.

Arch Neurol. 1966;14(4):457-458. doi:10.1001/archneur.1966.00470100113024

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In 50, for the most part half-filled, pages are summarized the principle clinical features of some 45 "Neurocutaneous Syndromes." There are 450 bibliographic references grouped according to disease which fill another 30 pages. The text is cryptic to say the least; only occasionally does the "author" use full sentences. The summaries are reminiscent of those a student might make while reviewing for an examination. There are neither illustrations nor explanatory material included in the volume. No effort is made to present a coherent connected account of relationships which may be made between some of these varied conditions. One wonders by what criteria the items in the bibliography were selected. Why, for example, was Mme. Louis-Bar's own report not included in the references to the syndrome which bears her name?

At best this work may serve as an aide to the memory; in no sense does it appeal to the intellect.

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