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Article
March 28, 1986

Evoked Potential Testing: Clinical Applications

Author Affiliations

Harvard Medical School Beth Israel Hospital Boston

 

by Jeffrey H. Owen and Hallowell Davis, 259 pp, with illus, $29, New York, Grune & Stratton, 1985.

JAMA. 1986;255(12):1638. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03370120116040

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Abstract

Evoked potential tests have assumed an increasing importance in the practice of a number of specialties, but mostly in neurology. The surprisingly rapid growth in popularity of these procedures seems to have outstripped the care and circumspection that should be exercised when accepting a relatively new diagnostic test into the investigative armamentarium. Obviously, one major reason for their popularity is that they are noninvasive, totally harmless, painless (except for the somatosensory evoked potential test, which may be uncomfortable), and can be carried out by a technician who requires little additional training beyond what has already been learned as an electroencephalographic technician. Perhaps these are all reasons why these tests have become overused and, unfortunately, often misinterpreted.

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