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July 1974

Clinical Evaluation of the Nervous System.

Arch Neurol. 1974;31(1):70. doi:10.1001/archneur.1974.00490370096020

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Despite remarkable advances in the neurosciences, the physical examination remains the most efficient and reliable tool available for solving clinical neurological problems. This book describes the neurological examination in a clean, spare fashion that allows no confusion by details.

There are four sections: history, the neurological examination, regional diagnosis, and ancillary investigations. The section on history taking is so brief and perfunctory that one imagines the authors have relied on their internist colleagues to teach this skill to their medical students.

In contrast, the second section provides a logical, clearly stated exposition of the neurological examination that any beginner could follow easily. The technique of examination is set against brief explanations of classic anatomical correlation. Attractive drawings clarify the text but never overpower it, and the tables serve to contrast only several items rather than a maze of data. The only unfortunate lapse is a drawing of a Babinski response

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