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October 1977


Arch Neurol. 1977;34(10):653. doi:10.1001/archneur.1977.00500220087027

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This is the first English translation of an established Swiss-German introductory text to clinical neurology for medical students and junior physicians. The first chapter describes the technique of the neurological examination; the following 13 chapters deal with specific neurologic disorders; and a section on ancillary investigations in neurologic practice concludes the book.

Most chapters contain lucid accounts of both common and rare neurologic disorders. Indeed, the reader is amazed at how much useful neurologic information is to be found in this pocket-sized compendium with 412 pages of text. Chapters dealing with peripheral nerve lesions and myopathies are particularly well written, even if one takes issue with the lumping of the hereditary neuropathies, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease and Dejerine-Sottas disease, together with "other rare myopathies." The inclusion of pain syndromes of non-neurologic origin, frequently encountered in neurologic practice and too often omitted from large-sized textbooks, can only be applauded. But the discussions

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