Author Affiliation: Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, Washington.
by Frank W. Drislane, MD, Michael Benatar, MBChB, DPhil, Bernard S. Chang, MD, Juan Acosta, MD, Andrew Tarulli, MD, Louis R. Caplan, MD, 256 pp, with illus, $37.95, ISBN 13: 978-0-7817-9685-9, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2009.
It is common experience to listen to remarks made by beginners of the practice of neurology regarding its overwhelming and complex nature. Here is one book that transforms the complexity into an absorbing read.
The first of the 3 sections describes the basic neurologic examination and investigations. The first chapter discusses the key elements of the neurologic examination in easy prose and mentions the importance of performing a focused examination by thinking while examining. The illustrations that elucidate the motor examination are conducive to help develop a good examination skill. Though this chapter appears brief, specific details catering to a more focused examination are described in subsequent chapters pertaining to those disorders. More detail with respect to testing the various forms of memory would be good to see; however, it serves the purpose of a screening cognitive examination. Principles of functional as well as structural neurologic investigations are succinctly laid out.
Blueprints Neurology, 3rd ed. Arch Neurol. 2010;67(2):252-253. doi:10.1001/archneurol.2009.324