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May 1994

Clinical Neurology: A Modern Approach

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Somerset, NJ

Arch Neurol. 1994;51(5):446. doi:10.1001/archneur.1994.00540170018005

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This interesting publication catches the eye, as it is a single-authored book that covers the entire field of neurology in roughly 450 pages of text; the softback version I read is comfortable in the lap. It is written for medical students and postgraduate trainees in other branches of medicine, thus deflecting accusations of incompleteness and other traits we expect in texts for clinical neuroscientists. The first aim of this book is "to demystify neurology" for the learner, and in my view it succeeds, time and again, by clearly and unambiguously stating what is currently known and actually being done—the "straight scoop," in the jargon of students. I admit a bias that favors single-authored texts, because they can provide a coherence for the learner, quite evident in this book, that is less common in multiauthored texts, however skilled the editing. In the entire history of Western thought, the only literary masterpiece

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