This volume is part of the large system of normal and pathologic physiology by Roger and Binet designed along lines similar to those of the German work of Bethe and Bergmann. Attempts of this sort to bridge the gap between pure science and the clinic are altogether commendable, and the only criticism to be made is that the very size of the compendium precludes extensive use by the practicing physician, the man who could profit especially by it. In brief, there is danger of the compendium becoming a mausoleum.
The present volume is thoroughly done by competent men such as Binet, Cornil, Gley, Lhermitte, Nicloux, Richet and others. The initial topics are purely physiologic, such as an anatomic and physiologic description of the neuron. Matters bordering on pathology—degeneration, reflexes and tropisms—are dealt with next, followed by clinical and physiologic chapters on sensation, motility and neurologic localization. Finally come sections largely