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May 1995


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Columbus, Ohio

Arch Neurol. 1995;52(5):447. doi:10.1001/archneur.1995.00540290033011

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This white-coat pocket manual has been extremely successful since 1973. Indeed, other volumes in the "house officer series" have been wisely patterned after this one. To sit down and read it, for a quite senior neurologist, was tedious, but it is a comfort to recommend it to those for whom it is intended. The guide makes no pretense at being a complete survey, but much standard clinical information about common and important neurologic problems is succinctly reviewed. The approach is problem oriented, with specific chapters included on lumbar puncture (more discussion on manometry than is needed); review of the neurology of systemic diseases, and with a final—not initial—chapter on neuroanatomic correlations. There is even a chapter in midstream on hyperreflexia and hyporeflexia. It does seem logical to return to fundamentals in the middle, and again at the end of what is itself a basic and quite clinically oriented guide.


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