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April 1990

The Ventricle of Memory: Personal Recollections of Some Neurologists

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Rochester, NY

Arch Neurol. 1990;47(4):375. doi:10.1001/archneur.1990.00530040015004

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This is a wonderful series of personal impressions of 21 neurologists with whom Dr Critchley was associated during the course of his career. The chief locations were London, England; Paris, France; and New York, NY. The anecdotes, both personal and professional, are entertaining. This book recreates the atmosphere of neurology as an intellectual discipline, before its erosion by the use of the computed tomographic scan, automated multiple analysis systems, and therapy. Indeed, a note of regret on this revolution is sounded by Dr Critchley, eg, on René Leriche: "It is to be hoped that his real greatness will not be forgotten in this present era of scientific endeavor"; on Monrad-Krohn: "He was not a neuroscientist but essentially a clinician, which perhaps entails qualities that are more elusive, more difficult to acquire, and more directly in line with a making of a good doctor"; and, on Graeme Robertson; "Like so many

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