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July 16, 1982

Clinical Examinations in Neurology

JAMA. 1982;248(3):372-373. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330030070039

The fifth edition of this text has become a classic. In addition to a detailed and profusely illustrated review of the neurological examination, it includes techniques of evaluation of the patient, tests of autonomic function, noninvasive studies of cerebral vascular disease, and a clinical evaluation of evoked potentials. The section on electromyography has been altered to include a discussion of the importance of single-muscle fiber testing.

Fortunately, the authors have eliminated or shortened sections on tests and concepts that have become relatively obsolete; thus, the book has not significantly changed in size from previous editions.

I could make a few comments on areas that I disagree with, but they are minor and subject to debate among well-qualified neurologists.

I know many of the authors and thought it would be of interest to the readers of JAMA to emphasize that this is not what Lester King, MD, former JAMA book review