Neurology

Neurology

PSYCHOSOMATICS The second part of the book is concerned with the history of the postgraduate training of the general practitioner in psychotherapeutic...

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PSYCHOSOMATICS The second part of the book is concerned with the history of the postgraduate training of the general practitioner in psychotherapeutics, promising research, demonstration programs in the USA and the use of the general practitioner in the emerging community mental health centers. As might be expected, no pat answers are put forward, but the exploration of the complexities involved is deserving of attention. For both the general practitioner and the psychiatrist unaware of the other's problems I would recommend this book highly. For those in either field with more expertise and more experience with each other's lack of communication, I think other greater detailed volumes would be more rewarding. ROBERT S. PICARD, M.D. ANNUAL REVIEW OF PHARMACOLOGY FOR 1969.

The Annual Review of Pharmacology for 1969 holds the usual high standards of its predecessors. The initial chapter is a historical review of the sub:ect presented in a charming ncstalgic fashion through the eyes of J. Harold Burns, Oxford, England. There are only a few chapters that may seem of interest to psychiatrists: EEG and Human Psychopharmacology (M. Fink); Drugs and Enzyme Induction (R. Kuntzman); Behavioral Pharmacology and Toxicology (B. Weiss and V. G. Latiesl, and Self-Administration of and Behavioral Dependence on Drugs (C. R. Schuster and T. Thompson). The "Review of Reviews" (C. Leake) is a good source of reference for many SUbjects of special and general interest. Otr.er chapters are very well presented, as usual, but are more for the pharmacologist and related specialities. The volume is recommended. HERMAN C.B. DENBER, M.D., Ph.D. NEUROLOGY -- A Concise Clinical Textbook. By Joseph A. Luhan, .'If.D. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins Co., 1968.. 526 pp.

The author's many years of active work as a neurologist, neuropatholog:st and clinical psychiatrist produced an excellent textbook entitled "Neurology - A Concise Clinical Textbook". Although every textbook of neurology may have certain definitive features that will appeal to a professional student of the subject, this particular book is uniquely organized and should commend itself as a basic text. As one who used it to pre-· pare for the board examination in psychiatry and neurology, I found it so. The book is basically divided into two parts with a summary at the end of most chapters. Part One is devoted to the basic consideration of neurology and Part Two 366

is devoted to the diseases involVing the nervous system. There is an excellent anatomical supplement showing the base of the skull, external cerebral appearances, coronal sections of the brain and myelin-stained sections of brain stem. Chapter 28 should be of particular interest to the internist and is entitled "Neurological manifestations of some general medical disorders", and discusses such problems as the neurological manifestations of diabetes, pituitary disturbances, hypothyroidism, and other medical diseases and their neurological manifestations in great detail. Chapter 29 is a chapter especially put forth to clear up the mystery of many neurological diseases, syndromes and eponyms. The only defect I could find in the book are several printing errors which should be corrected with subsequent editions. The simplicity of the writing plus the excellent sophisticated portrayal of the material on neurology makes this a well worthwhile book. It is written in the style reminiscent of many English authors. I can only highly recommend this as an excellent textbook for the student, the neurologist. the internist and the psychiatrist. J. DENNIS FREUND, M.D. BROTHER ANIMAL. The Story of Freud and Tausk. By Paul Roazen. New York: Alfred A. Kno]lff, 1969.

The early history of the psychoanalytic movement as well as a deeper understanding of Freud as a human being is provided by this unusual book. It reads like a bestseller novel, yet provides facts which are indeed stranger than fiction. Tausk, was unquestionably one of Freud's brightest and most faithful disciples. Unfortunately, he was trapped by an insoluble contlict with Freud himself. That Freud was a possible cogent precipitating cause for Tausk's eventual bizarre suicide provides an unusual glimpse of the founder of psychoanalysis. The fact that Tausk's name is practically obliterated in the annals of psychoanalysis is indeed interesting and only superseded by Freud's inappropriate lack of reaction to the death to which he was aware that he had contributed. At least, that is the way the author tells it. Most significant is that Freud and the original group which surrounded him emerge as ordinary humans, stripped of the omnipotence and professional neutrality with which their names are usually surrounded. Despite the tragedy of the loss of Tausk, psychoanalysis itself strangely emerges with an increased vigor and vitality. This is best related to the vicissitudes which faced Freud and his courageous followers. W.D. Volume XI