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November 13, 1967

The Neurologic Examination

JAMA. 1967;202(7):668. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130200154052

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This ponderous book, which in size and content seems to deserve the term "unabridged," has, in its two previous editions (1950, 1958), earned an enviable popularity with the American profession. This, the third edition, follows its predecessors in presenting not just a vast compendium of clinical methods of examining the neurologic patient but an explication of the pathophysiology of the symptoms and signs of neurologic disorder in the light of current orthodox theory.

Opening chapters discuss with wisdom the process of history-taking and general physical and mental examination, and are followed by sections on the examination of sensory systems, the cranial nerves in detail, including articulation, the motor system including cerebellar disorders, the reflexes, and the study of the autonomic nervous system. Special chapters follow on diseases of peripheral nerves, roots, and spinal cord, on intracranial disease including especially the vascular syndromes, disturbances of consciousness, language and cortical function, epilepsy,