This book was originally published in 1956, and we have waited a long time to see it again. It consists of a collection of weekly bedside lectures that Harry Lee Parker (late Senior Consultant in Neurology at the Mayo Clinic) gave to medical students and house officers in his native Dublin in 1934 and for several years thereafter. Each lecture begins with an anecdote bearing upon the subject to be discussed. Then comes a case presentation in a warm, lively, philosophical, witty style with an Irish lilt. At all times the patient is dealt with kindly and compassionately; the students are cajoled, chided, and adjured to be, above all, kind, charitable, and considerate of their patients and their fellow craftsmen.
The cases are selected to demonstrate a wide variety of the common neurological disorders, and Dr. Parker discusses the clinical aspects, diagnosis, course, and treatment. Sometimes he overdramatizes; a patient