Electroencephalography in Hospital and General Consulting Practice: An Introduction

Jerome K. Merlis, MD
JAMA. 1964;189(2):168. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070020096042.
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This volume, written in German, was published simultaneously in English translation. There are no introductory remarks by the author to indicate his objectives, but a preface (by H. Fischgold, a prominent French electroencephalographer), and the title suggest that the aim was to provide an introduction to EEG for specialists in non-neurological fields as well as for neurologists. This is a formidable problem in a field so technically complex and the author has achieved only partial success.

There is a considerable amount of useful information, particularly in the brief sections called "Problem Formulation," which summarize the questions which might be answered by the EEG in various clinical situations. However, what is of value is largely buried and almost lost in the unnecessary detail with which the book abounds. This is exemplified by the more than 400 references to the literature, many of which are concerned with relatively minor points or details.


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