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February 1974

The Nervous System, Structure and Function in Disease.

Arch Neurol. 1974;30(2):190. doi:10.1001/archneur.1974.00490320078015

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In their preface Drs. Robertson and Dinsdale indicate their intent to provide a monograph that would supply the medical student with information and principles essential to the understanding of neuropathology and disordered neurological function. In my estimation they have been relatively successful in producing concise work that will afford the beginning student an opportunity to grasp the major categories of neurological abnormalities and their associated pathologic lesions. As the authors state, the book assumes adequate knowledge of neuroanatomy, with major emphasis on pathology and consequent altered function. The book reads easily, with numerous pathologic illustrations; to my knowledge the information provided is correct, though most references date prior to 1970.

This integrative approach to what most students feel is a perplexing and complicated discipline is certainly worthwhile. The book, while brief and lacking in depth analysis of subject matter, provides a structure on which to build further knowledge.

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