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March 1968

The Approach to Diagnosis in Modern Neurology.

Arch Neurol. 1968;18(3):333-334. doi:10.1001/archneur.1968.00470330123018

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This monograph from the Mount Sinai Hospital of New York describes the methods of examination of the neurologic patient in use at that notable institution. Although divided approximately equally between clinical and laboratory methods, the book expresses quite definitely the traditional devotion of the staff of that hospital to the immediate study of the patient, leaving ancillary techniques for selective aid in diagnosis and management. The first half of the volume covers in topical rather than encyclopedic fashion the clinical investigation, with emphasis on vision, sensation, motor and reflex activities, ocular and vestibular functions, study of the disorders of language, consciousness, and the use of intravenous amobarbital for disclosure of the early phases of intellectual impairment. Among the laboratory aids, emphasis is chiefly on the various electrodiagnostic techniques, neuroradiology, radioactive brain scan, and special methods for the study of neuromuscular disorders, especially the myopathies. Style is, for the most part,

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