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June 1973

Scientific Foundations of Neurology.

Arch Neurol. 1973;28(6):420. doi:10.1001/archneur.1973.00490240080020

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Clinical neurology is a large structure and one might expect the scientific foundations of such an edifice to run deep. Thus, it is not surprising that a book on the scientific foundations of neurology which is 500 pages long and one inch thick represents a sampling rather than a comprehensive review. It is also not surprising that a book of 57 chapters by as many authors, some comprising only a few pages, might be incomplete and uneven in its coverage. Despite these problems, however, the authors and editors have done a good job of describing for the student who knows some neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and clinical neurology, the state of our knowledge of basic science underlying clinical disease. The chapters vary in their intent and in how well they carry out their intent. Some, such as the chapters written by O'Leary on the nerve cell, on spinal mechanisms, and on the

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