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Merritt'S textbook of neurology Ed 7 Edited by Lewis P. Rowland Philadelphia Lea & Febiger 1984 774 pp illustrated $48

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Motor Control Mechanisms i n Health and Disease
(Vol39, Advances in Neurology)
Edited by John E. Desmedt
New York, Raven Press, 1983
1,200 pp, illustrated
This volume of the Advances in Neurology series is a collection of articles dealing with the topic of motor control and
its physiological mechanisms. An attempt has been made to
cover wide-ranging aspects of sensorimotor integration, including the relevance of sensory afferents in spinal and supraspinal reflex pathways, voluntary control of motor performance, the influence of drugs on motor control, and
plasticity in central pathways. This compendium presents a
review of recent electrophysiological methodology and its
uses in investigating the peripheral and central nervous system; this volume is therefore addressed to neurologists and
neurop hy siologists.
Due to the medley of contributors, few topics are treated
in sufficient depth to make the volume useful to scholars in
the field. Moreover, there is excessive redundancy and overlap among topics. The potpourri of contributions has led to
a breakup of the volume into many unrelated chapters. No
new information is presented for the already well-informed
reader. The chapter dealing with the organization of the
motor cortex as well as the one on long-latency reflexes are
over-represented, while other chapters such as the one on
vestibulo-ocular control are under-represented. This volume
includes work from the last decade that has been repeatedly
published in original articles and reviews. Some contributions, such as the chapter on long-latency reflexes, present a
unilateral view of a controversial subject. While some authors have taken care and effort in the presentation of their
findings, others, notably those discussing the diagnostic uses
of human reflexes and the effects of drugs on motor control,
have added little new insight with their reproduction of old
data. Some chapters are poorly written and references are
occasionally incomplete. All in all, the volume is too long
and the topics too varied for a concise treatment of the
subject to be possible. For the novice in the field, this
volume represents an overview of current trends in clinical
neurophysiology. With a few exceptions, notably recent experiments on the role of proprioceptive and visual input in
motor control in human beings, no new information is presented.
Robert Mackel, PhD
New York, N Y
Merritt’s Textbook of Neurology, ed 7
Edited by h i s P. Rowland
Philadelphia, Lea G Febiger, 1984
774 pp, illustrated, $48.50
This is a suitable sequel to Houston Merritt’s classic text. Dr
Rowland, who now directs the distinguished neurology service that Houston Merritt did so much to create and en-
hance, has collected a distinguished group of former Merritt
pupils and associates to synthesize a first-rate volume in the
master’s image. The book assumes a traditional format. Section I deals with the mechanism and manifestation of prominent neurological symptoms, while succeeding chapters are
grouped into two large categories: those concerned with diseases of known pathogenesis and those of uncertain pathogenesis. An unhappy comment on our ignorance is that
almost as much attention is directed to the latter as to the
The various sections are almost all of an evenly high quality, and the authors are recognized experts in their particular
topic. The volume is clearly produced on excellent paper.
Illustrations are sufficient and informative, and references are
thoroughly up to date. The volume can be highly recommended as a leading American textbook of neurology.
Fred Plum, M D
New York, N Y
The Clinical Neurosciences, Neurology, Neurosurgery,
Neuropathology, Neuroradiology, Neurobiology
Edited by R. N . Rosenberg, R. G. Grossman, S. S. Schochet,Jrt
E. R. Heinz, and W . D. Willis,Jr
New York, Churchill Livingstone, 1983
5-volume set, illustrated, $525 .OO
In these volumes Roger Rosenberg with his enormous energy, information, and dedication has pulled together what
he considers to be the important features of neurology, neurosurgery, neuropathology, neuroradiology, and neurobiology
into a single five-volume system. Ably assisted by Robert
Grossman (neurosurgery), Sidney Schochet (neuropathology), Ralph Heinz (neuroradiology), and William D. Willis
(neurobiology), Rosenberg has put together an up-to-date
(reference dates appear to end at approximately 1980)
work by many different authors on neurological symptoms,
diseases, and pathogenesis. As D r Rosenberg indicates,
“authors of individual chapters have been given considerable latitude in their approach” so that one finds some
overlap, for example, between neuropathology and clinical
neurology. Similarly, one wonders whether in future editions
it would be valuable to synthesize neuroradiological and
neuropathological discussions around a single disease, rather
than having the findings referring to particular entities separated in different volumes. These are small points, however,
to bring up on what represents a massive effort and a comprehensive source of information.
The books themselves are well produced with excellent
paper and clear illustrations as well as a format for easy reading. At $525.00 per set, purchase of the volumes will probably be reserved for larger libraries. Nevertheless, this is a
valuable source of recent material not duplicated within
hardcovers elsewhere at this particular time.
Fred Plum, M D
New York, N Y
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