August 1957

Clinical Examinations in Neurology.

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By members of Sections of Neurology and Section of Physiology, Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, Graduate School, University of Minnesota, Rochester, Minnesota. Price, $7.50. Pp. 370, with 76 illustrations. W. B. Saunders Company, 218 W. Washington Sq., Philadelphia 5, 1956.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1957;100(2):341. doi:10.1001/archinte.1957.00260080167047

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The Sections of Neurology and Physiology of the Mayo Clinic have combined their extensive clinical experience in this very practical book. It is mainly concerned with the history-taking and neurological examination but it has excellent chapters on electroencephalography, electromyography, cerebrospinal fluid, and biochemical and pharmacological aids to diagnosis. A unique addition is the inclusion of the various record sheets and examination forms currently used by the Neurology Section. A distracting feature of the book is the lengthy explanations of the grading systems employed for reflexes, muscle strength, etc., which credit the examiner with an acuity of observation that can differentiate nine degrees of reflex activity from —4 through 0 to +4.

The chapter on electromyography includes several characteristic records of muscular disturbances and a simple classification that clarifies this subject for those that do not have an extensive background in neuromuscular physiology. Similarly, the chapter on electroencephalography has a useful

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