September 1974

Neurological Examination in Clinical Practice.

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By Edwin R. Bickerstaff, MD, FRCP. $21, 374 pp, with 86 illus, F. A. Davis Co., 1973.

Arch Intern Med. 1974;134(3):596-597. doi:10.1001/archinte.1974.00320210206037

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The neurological examination is a time-consuming one, often ignored or omitted, frequently abbreviated and inadequate, or incomplete and misleading. While detailed, it is logical and, when it is performed well and interpreted correctly, it yields important information concerning localization of pathological processes. When it is coupled with a good history, a precise diagnosis or an approach to diagnosis is established.

This book is an attempt to help the clinician elicit and interpret "neurological signs, stressing the traditional neurological approach." As such, it is classical and, like an old friend, reliable and well done. However, it is of limited appeal, being too simple for neurological trainees and not really sufficient by itself for the occasional traveler in neurological problems—he needs additional help in anatomical and clinical correlation not available in this small volume. It is fine for medical students and house officers to read during their first week of a neurological

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