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January 13, 1999

Neurology: Prognosis in Neurology

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 1999;281(2):191. doi:10.1001/jama.281.2.191

I haven't reviewed a book on neurological prognosis in a long time, because there aren't any. Prognosis was once a part of every physician's consultation and examination, and the ability to prognosticate was an invaluable asset to the astute clinician. For example, in W. R. Gowers' text A Manual of Diseases of the Nervous System, published in 1888, there is a section on prognosis accompanying each disease described. Much of the information in these old prognostic paragraphs would be considered soft and anecdotal by today's standards. Nonetheless, Gowers used the section on prognosis to describe his own experiences with the disease in question. And it is still useful, I believe, to listen to an experienced clinician's views and observations on prognosis and outcome.