Neurology

Neurology

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muscle spindle, the organisatmn and physiology of the spinal cord. retina, olfactory organs. visual cortex, neurosecretory structures and respiratory centres. There are also papers on theories of sensation, learning and the function of the hippocampus. Such a work will clearly be interesting to all those relating to the neurosciences, and will be of particular value to those who have worked with or even

simply met J.Z. at some time during their caree~s. It is a worthy comment on the man that the editors decided to give him the Festschrift not to commemorate his retirement, but rather his 67th birthday. since they recognize that he will never retire from re-search. ~v~. (j. BRADI I~Y

A Psychosomatic Approach, by P. PINKERTON. 192 pages. 10 illustrations. 9 tables. Crosby Lockwood Staples. London. 1974. tS 3.75.

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It is not easy to write helpfully about psychosomatic disorders but Dr. Pinkerton has succeeded in doing so. The format does not help, a lurid and now hackneyed motif for the cover and a series of distinctly unappealing block-and-arrow diagrams will prevent many people from looking any further. But only in the diagrams does jargon sometimes disguise the essential humanity of his approach. Once past these hurdles one finds a great deal of information and good sense, both the author's and other peoples', briefly summarised and illustrated with welt-chosen case histories. Those who choose this book for its brevity hoping for a simple solution to emotional headaches or enuresis or to the behavioural problems of the clumsy or retarded child for example will find the answer which they ought to have expected: that simple

symptoms often have complex and ~arymg causes and that willingness to listen, to look al the child rather than at his symptom and t~ e:q~tore the family situation and how it has come about, all may provide answers to which there can be no short cuts. But the book is concise. It sensibly avoids too much overlap with texts on organic or psychiatric illness while covering a wide range of symptom complexes on one hand and causative situations on the other. Most neurologists would perhaps have liked more discussion of the hyperactive child and of the many secondary problems a~socmted with epilepsy but all will find it helpful. DAVID (]ARDNER-MEDWIN

Neurology (Proceedings of the 10th International Congress of Neurology, Barcelona. 8 15 September. t973) {International Congress Series, No. 319), by A. SUSmANA. J. M. ESPAOALER AND E. H. BURROWS (Eds.), xx + 570 pages. 93 illustrations. 75 tables. Excerpta Medica. Amsterdam. 1974. Dfl 165.00. US$ 63.50. The organisers of the International Congresses of Neurology have been faced with an increasing dilemma in deciding how to present the proceedings of these enormous gatherings in an acceptable published form. Professor Subirana and Professor Espadaler wisely decided in this volume arising out of the Congress held in Barcelona in 1973 to include only those invited papers which related to the main themes of the Congress. and they are to be congratulated upon producing this attractive volume so quickly. The book is divided into 5 sections dealing respectively with Iatrogenic neurological diseases. Tropical neurology, Genetic and transmissible dementias. Myasthenia and myasthenic syndromes. and Transient isehaemic attacks in cerebrovascular disease. The individual contributions within each section largely consist of review articles by acknowledged experts and very little new or original work is presented. The contributions in the section

on transient ischaemic attacks are telegraphically brief and consist of little more than abstracts, but 1 found that many of the other chapters, especially in the sections on iatrogenic disoq'ders-and on dementia, gave a useful summary of present knowledge. Readers of this volume need not expecl to find within it much that is new. but the reviews which it contains constitute a useful conspectus of current thought relating to the limited topics with which they deal. It is a pity that the reference lists at the end of the chapters do not contain the titles of papers: nevertheless the volume will also be useful as a reference source. Sadly, however, and one begins to tire of saying this nowadays, the book is so expensive that very few individuals will be able to afford it: but most will hope to be able to consult it in their University or departmental libraries. JOHN "~. W~I.TON