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Toward a True Understanding of the Nervous System

Ann Intern Med. 1965;62(4):823-837. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-62-4-823
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I am sure that you in the medical world have learned to appreciate the immense complexity of the human nervous system as measured by any set of standards within our present powers of human comprehension. The practicing physician is continually faced with the problem of making accurate diagnoses from information that is clouded by false or poorly understood reactions of the nervous system.

In the 2,500 years of man's pursuit of a true philosophical understanding of himself and the world around him, it seems that he has made relatively little progress in understanding his own mind as compared with his


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