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Murphy, W.F. (1951). Clinical Electroencephalography: By Robert Cohn, M.D., New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1949. 639 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 20:473-475.

(1951). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 20:473-475

Clinical Electroencephalography: By Robert Cohn, M.D., New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1949. 639 pp.

Review by:
William F. Murphy

This book appears to have been written especially for persons who are learning how to interpret electroencephalographic records and fulfils a longfelt need in this field. It combines the functions of an atlas of clinical electroencephalographic material and a textbook, describing in detail the applications and limitations of electroencephalography. It embodies as well the advances made in this field which have been available hitherto only in widely scattered form. The material is divided essentially into three parts. The first part deals with general and theoretical considerations, and here the author has accomplished the difficult feat of condensing highly technical material and preserving clarity of thought and expression. The second section deals with the statistical analysis of a control series of corpsmen and corpswaves which is compared with the analysis of the records of 3,937 patients in histogram form. The patients are placed in fifteen different clinical groups, and these groups are compared with the control series. Excellent general discussions of the findings in each group are given along with the histograms. The third and largest portion of the book is devoted to two hundred twenty-two individual case presentations, including the clinical history, electroencephalographic findings, and the diagnostic impression. The cases chosen represent in the main the type that the ordinary clinical encephalographer is most apt to encounter. The information and wealth of clinical experience packed into the discussions preceding the clinical examples make this book interesting and worth-while reading for even those whose interests lie outside the domain of clinical electroencephalography and make one hope that they will be expanded in succeeding editions.

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