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Brain's Clinical Neurology

Donald J. Dalessio, MD
JAMA. 1985;254(15):2150. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03360150130042.
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Books that last through decades generally have an aura of immortality about them; one comes to look upon them as old friends. Thus it is for Brain's Clinical Neurology, revised by Bannister, which first appeared in 1960 and is now in its third decade of life, extending through six editions. Furthermore, it is an Oxford University Press book, implying a precision in production and printing that is invariably fulfilled.

This text is written primarily for nonneurologists and students, if you will, and falls midway between those useful outlines that one peeks at for thirty seconds in a moment of crisis and more comprehensive texts and tomes on neurology that endeavor to be exhaustive, and usually are.

The current edition is up-to-date in its inclusion of those new diagnostic techniques that have revolutionized the clinical practice of neurology. It also includes a discussion of neurotransmitters, neuropeptides, and endorphins, which is at


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