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March 24, 1951

The Neurologic Examination: Incorporating the Fundamentals of Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology

JAMA. 1951;145(12):941. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920300081038

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This textbook is a monumental tome divided into 10 parts and 61 chapters. The first six parts cover the methods of history taking and examination of the sensory system, cranial nerves, motor system, reflexes and autonomic nervous system. Part 7 is devoted to diagnosis and localization of lesions in the cord roots and nerves, and part 8 to diagnosis and localization of intracranial disease. Special methods of examination in the states of disordered consciousness is discussed in part 9 and the cerebrospinal fluid in part 10.

The discussion of the anatomy, physiology and methods of examination is thorough and excellent. Disease entities, clinical syndromes and pathology are not considered as a whole but are mentioned only as they relate to some abnormality of function of the portion of the nervous system under discussion. This arrangement of the material, as well as the lack of any consideration of therapy, does not

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