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May 1976

Brain Dysfunction in Metabolic Disorders

Arch Neurol. 1976;33(5):378. doi:10.1001/archneur.1976.00500050064029

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In times of financial stringency, it is facile to reduce support for research and that is just what is happening now. The reasons are numerous and complex, but it is sometimes stated that investigators are in a world of their own, a world of basic science limned by problems not clearly relevant to anything and by clinical investigators attracted only to the rare and esoteric. This volume suggests otherwise. Even for the sophisticated research involved in metabolic brain dysfunction, the papers here concern alcoholism and hepatic encephalopathy; the biochemical consequences of stroke and other forms of cerebral anoxia and ischemia; uremia; cerebral edema; schizophrenia; lead poisoning; malnutrition; and genetic diseases. The list does not comprise all the socially important disorders that plague us, but the subjects are surely enough for one stimulating conference.

The 19 chapters give testimony to the diversity of investigatory approaches to disease of brain and mind.

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