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April 1978

The Mental Status Examination in Neurology

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Galveston, Tex

Arch Neurol. 1978;35(4):254. doi:10.1001/archneur.1978.00500280072019

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In this brief paperbound volume, the authors set as goals that the reader become able to conduct and interpret a comprehensive evaluation of neuropsychological functioning and a 15-minute mental status screening examination. The last of these goals remains just beyond the reach of this worthwhile book. Here one finds concise presentation of a wealth of important material. The authors recognize that organic diseases often present with emotional and behavioral changes, caused by subtle language or memory disturbances. In 11 chapters, they move from the "Rationale and Overview of the Mental Status Examination" to "Evaluation of the Level of Consciousness," "Attention," "Behavioral Observations," "Language," "Memory," "constructional Ability," "Higher Cognitive Functions," "Related Cortical Functions," "Summary of the Examination," and an explanation of "Further Evaluations" ordinarily done by a neuropsychologist. One appendix explains standard psychological tests and provides addresses for obtaining them, a second outlines the complete mental status

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