The funniest part of our comic educational system in neurology is, of course, the ubiquitous textbook. No matter how neurology may change, some of these books go on forever bringing to eager students of the 1960's the news and views of the last century. A most refreshing exception to this rule is Professor Schaltenbrand's book on general neurology which is firmly based on modern physiological and pathological principles.
The book is divided into three main parts. In the first part, neuropathology and pathophysiological reactions of the neural parenchyma, the cerebrospinal fluid, and physiological changes observed in animal experiments on the nervous system are reviewed. The second part deals with clinical methods and discusses the well recognized syndromes associated with dysfunction at various levels of the nervous system. In the last part the pathological reactions of the forebrain and their clinical manifestations are discussed.
Inevitably, in such a book the personal