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May 1986

The Citadel of the Senses

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Rochester, NY

Arch Neurol. 1986;43(5):429. doi:10.1001/archneur.1986.00520050009003

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Reading the list of contents of Dr Critchley's latest collection of essays arouses feelings akin to looking into a box of assorted chocolates. Should one pick medical history, especially the brilliant sketches of Hughlings Jackson and Joseph Babinski? Or should one choose clinical problems, such as the occurrence of aphasia in parkinsonism, the importance of nonvascular elements in migraine, or the ground-clearing discussion of developmental dyslexia, based on personal experience of 3,600 cases?

Others of these essays are purely literary, and some range widely in the borderlands of neurology.

The credo of this book is that neurology is essentially not an offshoot of internal medicine or even psychiatry, but the study of higher function as revealed by disease, and that it carries with it the possibility of helping patients from this specialist approach.

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