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Behavioral Neurology

Charles M. Poser, MD
JAMA. 1974;229(13):1808. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230510076042.
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Reading this book one gets the `impression that the authors had started off with a particular goal in mind but that in some way it got away from them!

There is no question that a book of this type is badly needed. Certainly, the points made in the introduction, such as the fact that the current division between neurologic and psychiatric practice tends to obscure important aspects of behavioral disorders, and that the emphasis of neurology on the "organic" as opposed to psychiatry's concern with the "functional" are counterproductive and artificial to say the least. However, the book does not seem to have truly succeeded in emphasizing the message that the commonalities between neurology and psychiatry are much greater and much more important than the differences.

Since the book was developed from a course given to medical students, it suffers, in my opinion, from not having been "reoriented" to a


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