Bickerstaff's Neurological Examination in Clinical Practice. 6th Edition

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  • Book
  • 400 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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When teaching neurology to postgraduates the authors found that whilst most students have a good general idea of the different parts of the neurological examination, they are uncertain of the best methods of carrying out the various tests, of the purpose that lies behind them, the true meaning of abnormal findings, how to overcome technical difficulties and avoid arriving at false conclusions. This book is intended to present in detail those methods which have stood the test of time and to select from the newer methods those which are rapidly proving their value. It is not in any sense a textbook of neurology, nor is it a guide to neurological diagnosis. It will however provide the reader to become sufficiently conversant with the technique of examination to be able to approach a neurological case with that confidence which is so often lacking. In the Sixth Edition of this deservedly popular book, the general layout and structure of the chapters has been retained. One chapter has been added on general medical investigation and the chapter on neuroradiology and imaging has been thoroughly rewritten and greatly expanded to take account of the vast technical and theoretical advances in this field, particularly in imaging techniques.
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Part I: The Introductory Stages.

Approaching a Neurological Problem.


The History.

First Impressions.

The General Physical and Mental Examination.

Part II: The Cranial Nerves.

The First Cranial Nerve: The Olfactory Nerve.

The Second Cranial Nerve: The Optic Nerve.

The Third, Fourth and Sixth Cranial Nerves: The Oculomotor, Trochlear and Abducent Nerves.

The Fifth Cranial Nerve: The Trigeminal Nerve.

The Seventh Cranial Nerve: The Facial Nerve.

The Eighth Cranial Nerve: The Auditory Nerve.

The Ninth and Tenth Cranical Nerves: The Glossopharyngeal and Vagus Nerves.

The Eleventh Cranial Nerve: The Accessory Nerve.

The Twelfth Cranial Nerve: The Hypoglossal Nerve.

Part III: The Motor System.

Development and Wasting.

Muscle Tone.

Muscle Power.

Posture, Stance, Spinal Movement and Gait.

Involuntary Movements.

Part IV: The Sensory System.

Basic Principles for Examination of Sensation.

Pain, Touch and Temperature.

The Proprioceptive Sensations.

Stereognosis, Discriminative Sense and Graphaesthesia.

Common Patterns of Abdormal Sensation.

Part V: The Motor–Sensory Links.

The Reflexes.


Part VI: Examinations of Particular Difficulty.

The Unconscious Patient.

Disorders of Speech.


Agnosia and Disorders of the Body Image.

The Autonomic Nervous System.

Part VII: The Investigation of Neurological Problems.

Towards A Balanced Attitude.

General Medical Investigation.

The Cerebrospinal Fluid.

Neuroradiology and Imaging.

The Clinical Value of Electroencephalography.

Peripheral Electrophysiology.


Part VIII: Appendices.

Recording the Neurological Examination.

First Examination in the Out–Patient Department or Consulting Room.

A Suggested Scheme for the Examination of Higher Cerebral Function.


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John A. Spillane
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