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June 1991

Diagnostic Tests in Neurology

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Jackson, Miss

Arch Neurol. 1991;48(6):566. doi:10.1001/archneur.1991.00530180014004

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Technological advances continue to improve our ability to study the healthy and diseased nervous system in the laboratory. The authors, along with four contributors, have written a small, soft-covered text devoted to diagnostic tests in neurology. This book is not intended as a textbook of neurology, and the authors point to the primacy of obtaining a history and performing an examination in neurologic diagnosis.

The book is divided into two sections. Section 1 is said to be at the level of a junior resident in neurology. It includes chapters dealing with lumbar puncture and cerebrospinal fluid, neuroradiology, ultrasound, evoked potentials, electromyography and electroencephalography, biopsies, and tests for hereditary metabolic diseases. These chapters begin with very elementary descriptions of each diagnostic test. Their coverage is somewhat uneven, but one can argue about the depth of knowledge of the various tests expected of a junior resident in neurology. Illustrations are included mainly

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