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March 6, 1967

Neurological Examination of Children

Author Affiliations

Ann Arbor, Mich

JAMA. 1967;199(10):770. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120100132050

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Although much of the material in this text is readily available in several books dealing with the neurological examination of adult patients, this is the first to emphasize techniques that are specifically adapted to children. The approach is thoroughly endorsed by Lord Brain in the foreword.

Special aspects of history-taking are considered. One chapter is devoted to particular symptoms frequently encountered in children, including clumsiness, weakness, floppiness, enuresis, pica, and deafness. In addition to the material that would obviously be expected in a presentation of the neurological examination, mental state is considered in detail, along with special tests for the recognition of "minimal cerebral dysfunction." There are also sections on special investigations, including electroencephalography, electromyography, chromosomal studies, subdural taps, various roentgenographic contrast studies, audiometry, and biopsies of muscle, skin, nerve, and brain. The information is presented clearly and logically; the illustrations, some in color, are well chosen.

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