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May 6, 1961

Motor Examination of Peripheral Nerve Injuries

JAMA. 1961;176(5):469. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040180071031

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This small volume illustrates photographically methods of clinical testing for specific peripheral nerve function. In addition, pictures show the characteristic appearance of extremities after the commoner peripheral nerve injuries. Substitutions and "trick" movements which may mislead the inexperienced examiner are demonstrated. The descriptions are generally accurate (an exception is that the innervation of peroneus longus is given as the fourth and fifth sacral nerves on page 87), and the examining techniques are the accepted ones. Line diagrams show the maximal and minimal sensory losses to be expected with each nerve lesion as well as the motor distribution of the major nerve trunks in the extremities. The photography is not always clear, which is regrettable in a book that is chiefly a photographic presentation. There are no references or allusions to other than clinical methods of peripheral nerve testing.

Inevitably, a book such as this invites comparison with other material available

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