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Practical Neurological Diagnosis: With Special Reference to the Problems of Neurosurgery

H. Houston Merritt, M.D.
JAMA. 1960;173(11):1273. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020290099031.
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The appearance of the sixth edition of this monograph on neurological diagnosis attests to its popularity as a text for students and resident house officers. The author has followed, in general, the form of the original edition which was published in 1932. He has however eliminated the chapters contained in the previous editions which dealt with radiological diagnosis because he believed that these obscured his original intent and added extensively to the size and cost of the volume. His approach to the diagnosis of neurological disease is that of his specialty, neurosurgery, and is based on his extensive experience in this field since the time of his training with Dr. Harvey Cushing over 30 years ago. There is a chapter on history taking and general physical examination and one on the examination of the cerebrospinal fluid. The remainder of the book is devoted to a discussion of anatomy and physiology


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