July 1981

Techniques of the Neurologic Examination

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San Antonio, Tex


by William DeMyer, MD, 497 pp, with illus, $19, New York, McGraw-Hill Book Co, 1980.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1981;107(7):458. doi:10.1001/archotol.1981.00790430060016

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This book is a substantial introduction to the neurologic examination for medical students and residents. The text is organized as a programmed text; however, it avoids the major flaws usually found with this format. The book is well organized in outline form and serves not only as a text but as a reference. It is well indexed, the information it contains is easily retrievable, and the author temporizes the use of boring and repetitive programmed responses and skillfully uses them to keep the reader attentive.

The work is extensively illustrated with line drawings, tables, and dendrograms (algorithms), demonstrating the differential diagnosis of clinical syndromes. Unlike most neurology texts, Dr DeMyer has written this one with a sense of humor, and he actually chides the reader to perform the exercises described. Although clearly directed toward the medical student, the book contains a wealth of information for the practicing clinician—Do you remember

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