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Scientific Basis of Clinical Neurology

Joseph Fermaglich, MD
JAMA. 1986;255(15):2088-2089. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03370150130050.
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For many years, progress in scientific and clinical neurology was impeded by limited technologies, which restricted investigation of the central and peripheral nervous systems. Most observations were anecdotal rather than analytic. Within the last 20 years, scientific and clinical neurology has harnessed rapidly developed sophisticated technology in an unprecedented manner. Thus, computers, electron microscopy, histochemistry, immunology, tissue culture, pharmacology, and a variety of microtechniques have been utilized to study the normal and disordered central and peripheral nervous system. The results have been spectacular.

In their textbook Scientific Basis of Clinical Neurology, Swash and Kennard have collated the works of distinguished investigators whose scientific efforts and clinical applications are at the cutting edge of neurology. The volume is organized into seven sections, each of which addresses a different area of neural function. It begins with central control of motor activity; the discussion then turns logically to sensory activity followed by higher


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