Many of my students purchase this text, now in its 12th edition, and ignore the other excellent neurological works that are currently available. Their reasons for preference are varied, including the outline form of the book, its numerous illustrations, its moderate price, and the simple presentation not only of neuroanatomy and neurology, but also of neurophysiology, neuropathology, and ancillary diagnostic procedures.
Additions and improvements in this book have come with each new edition. I agree with my students that it contains a wealth of information which, if digested, could provide an excellent basis for advanced study.
An objection can be raised because of the failure in some sections to differentiate the important from the historical or merely trivial. For example, in a brief two-paragraph description of the clinical findings in tabes dorsalis. it is stated that "Biernacki's sign (of tabes) is loss of deep pressure pain when pressure is exerted