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February 1975

An Outline of Clinical Neurology

Arch Neurol. 1975;32(2):140. doi:10.1001/archneur.1975.00490440090023

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When neurology was a small and obscure specialty, it was taught as an exercise in pathophysiology. The pleasure of problem solving compensated for the lack of applicability in general medical practice. Today, even urologists and obstetricians take notice of neurology, and many more texts for teaching it are being published.

It is ironic that the older of the two books reviewed here, An Outline of Clinical Neurology, neglects pathophysiology. List on list, table after table of signs, symptoms, and diseases are provided, but there are few explanations of mechanisms for future application. The diagrams, which correlate brain stem anatomy and function, are helpful, but the bibliography has not changed since 1958.

In contrast, the larger, newer book by Dr. DeMyer is an introduction to neurology that will serve the reader for some time to come—provided he takes time to absorb it all. The author suggests one hour for every nine

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