Friday, August 7, 2020

DeMyer's The Neurologic Examination: A Programmed Text, Seventh Edition | Book Review

The single-best guide to learning how to perform the diagnostic neurologic examination – enhanced by more than 80 online videos


Presented in full color, DeMyer’s provides neurologists and psychiatrists in training with a proven, didactic way to learn the complicated technique of using the physical examination to diagnose neurologic illness. This trusted classic also reviews the anatomy and physiology necessary to interpret the examination, and it details the laboratory tests and neuroimaging best suited for a particular clinical problem. You will also find complete, up-to-date coverage of the latest imaging modalities for assessing disease.


Utilizing a learn at your own pace teaching approach, DeMyer’s The Neurologic Examination features valuable learning aids such as:


·        Full-color illustrations that clearly explain neuroanatomy and physiology


·        Detailed tables and mnemonics to help you remember important steps and signs to look for during the examination


·        Learning Objectives to help you organize and retain important takeaways from each chapter


·        Questions and answers within the text to reinforce key points


Outline of the Standard Neurologic Examination

1 Examination of the Face and Head

2 A Brief Review of Clinical Neuroanatomy

3 Examination of Vision

4 Examination of the Peripheral Ocular Motor System

5 Examination of the Central Ocular Motor Systems

6 Examination of the Motor Cranial Nerves V, VII, IX, X, XI, and XII

7 Examination of the Somatic Motor System (Excluding Cranial Nerves)

8 Examination for Cerebellar Dysfunction

9 Examination of the Special Senses

10 Examination of the General Somatosensory System

11 The Patient’s Mental Status and Higher Cerebral Functions

12 Examination of the Patient Who Has a Disorder of Consciousness

13 Ancillary Neurodiagnostic Procedures—Lumbar Puncture and Neuroimaging

14 Clinical and Laboratory Tests to Distinguish Conversion Disorder (Functional Neurologic Symptom Disorder) from Organic Disease

15 A Synopsis of the Neurologic Investigation and a Formulary of Neurodiagnosis


Thursday, August 6, 2020

Lange Clinical Neurology | Book Review

The classic text that covers both the basic and clinical aspects of neurology – updated with the latest therapeutic advances



A Doody’s Core Title for 2019!



Since 1989, Clinical Neurology has helped students, residents, and clinicians understand the link between basic neuroscience and current approaches in diagnosis and treatment. Applauded for its practice-oriented approach to neurology based on the patient’s presenting symptoms, this full-color resource delivers the clearest and most efficient introduction to the field available today.



As with each new edition, the authors have retained and refined the instructional material relating to the function of the nervous system in health and disease and have updated the text with the latest diagnostic and therapeutic advances.  Recent discoveries in molecular biology and immunology have led to the approval of new drugs for the treatment of multiple sclerosis (alemtuzumab), spinal muscular atrophy (nusinersen), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (edaravone), and Huntington’s disease (deutetrabenazine). These and other therapeutic advances are included in this new edition.



Presented in full color, Clinical Neurology is enhanced by chapter outlines that facilitate a quick review of each topic, an emphasis on the neurologic examination and history taking as the cornerstone of diagnosis, and treatment protocols that reflect the most recent advances in the field.



If you are in need of a clear, well-written introduction to neurology as practiced on the wards and in an outpatient setting, your search ends here.


1. Neurologic History & Examination


2. Investigative Studies


3. Coma


4. Confusional States


5. Dementia & Amnestic Disorders


6. Headache & Facial Pain


7. Neuro-Ophthalmic Disorders


8. Disorders of Equilibrium


9. Motor Disorders


10. Sensory Disorders


11. Movement Disorders


12. Seizures & Syncope


13. Stroke


Appendix: Clinical Examination of Common Isolated Peripheral Nerve Disorders

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

adams and victor's principles of neurology 11th edition Review 2020

The definitive guide to understanding, diagnosing, and treating neurologic disease – more complete, timely, and essential than ever

A Doody’s Core Title for 2020!


Adams and Victor’s Principles of Neurology is truly the classic text in its discipline --- a celebrated volume that guides clinicians to an in-depth understanding of the key aspects of neurologic disease, including both clinical and new scientific data. This meticulously revised and updated text remains the masterwork in its field, and the most readable reference available. Within its pages, you will find a disciplined presentation of clinical data and lucid descriptions of underlying disease processes.


Some of the features that have made this resource so renowned:


• The most cohesive and consistent approach to clinical management – acclaimed as the most readable book in the literature

• A scholarly approach that gives readers a comprehensive overview of every neurologic illness

• Unmatched coverage of signs and symptoms

• A focus on the full range of therapeutic options available to treat neurologic diseases, including drug therapy and rehabilitation methods

• Coverage of the most exciting discoveries and hypotheses of modern neuroscience that bear on and explain neurologic disease

• Puts the latest scientific discovery into a larger clinical context

• An evenness of style and a uniform approach to subject matter across disciplines that allows a quick and easy review of each topic and condition

• A rich, full-color presentation that includes many high-quality illustrations


The Eleventh Edition is enhanced by new coverage of :


• Interventional therapies for acute ischemic stroke

• Novel immunotherapies used to treat inflammatory and neoplastic conditions, and neurotoxicities associated with these drugs

• New drugs to treat epilepsy and multiple sclerosis

• Update of genetics of inherited metabolic disease

• Current understanding of the genetics of primary nervous system malignancies and their bearing on treatment

Monday, August 3, 2020

When Breath Becomes Air | Tale of a neurosurgeon | Book Review

‘At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet’, it is said. But one cannot say the same about Death. When Death arrives calling, not everyone stays brave or becomes a philosopher. Not all of us remain the proud humans that we are during our lifetimes, but go begging for another lease of life, no matter however brief that might be. Very few of us have the courage and composure to meet Death face-to-face, contemplate their life so far, take stock of their purpose and progress, and then, finally, do something that would fill them with the satisfaction of leaving behind something worthwhile, something that could set apart their sojourn on this planet from the billions of others. Paul Kalanithi’s was, fortunately or unfortunately, one such life that acquired a glowing purpose and meaning, sadly more during his final phase of life.

Paul Kalanithi was the second of three sons of an Indian couple settled in America. He had everything going for him. A comfortable life with family, marrying the love of his life, pursuing a career as special and as advanced as neurosurgery, reputation that could have landed him a plump career as soon as his training ended. But he also had something else too – lung cancer of an advanced stage. All his plans for the future suddenly vanished like mirage. With a life now cut short due to illness, Paul launched deeply into questions of existential nature, questions he had felt even while he was riding the crest of the tide.

This book is the answer to his questions about the meaning and purpose of human life. And, what an eloquent and poetic answer this has turned out to be! Published posthumously, this memoir recounts Paul’s early life in detail, telling us about what led to his decision to pursue a career in neuroscience, his early days as a resident surgeon and his ascent to glory. Then come the details of his illness, the various stages of cure that were tried and his frantic, determined quest to find the meaning for his life, whatever little was left of it. His wife Lucy’s epilogue is as fitting an end to the book as it could have been – beautiful, full of love and written more in a matter of fact manner than in a mawkish tone, just the same way in which Paul had written the whole book.

Life is a continuum and Death is a part of it, whether we like it or not. Death is in fact the only absolute certainty in the lives of everything, from the tiny sapling to the mightiest of stars. Just like the eyes ignore the nose that is in front of them, in order to give us an unhindered view of the world, our minds push that ineluctable reality behind so that we can plot our plans for decades until, of course, Death arrives calling, putting to waste our best-laid plans. The more we contemplate the meaning of our lives, the more we acknowledge what awaits us all in the end, and the more we chart the course of our lives accordingly, the easier it becomes for us to leave our mortal shells behind with dignity. Just the way Paul did.

Sunday, August 2, 2020

2 Best Brain training exercises you can do at home.

Brain training may help improve your memory, response time, and logic skills, although research shows that the relationship between brain training games and improved cognitive function is complicated.


Sudoku is a number placement game that relies on short-term memory. To complete a Sudoku puzzle, you have to look ahead and follow trails of consequences—if you put a 6 in this box, that one must be an 8 and this one a 4, and so on. This type of planning helps improve short-term memory and concentration.


Crosswords are a classic brain trainer, accessing not only verbal language but memory from many dimensions of knowledge. There are many ways to do crossword puzzles, both online and off. If you receive a daily newspaper, you'll almost always get a crossword there. Or pick up a book of crosswords specifically suited to your skill level and interests.

Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art -Book Review

There is nothing more essential to our health and wellbeing than breathing: take air in, let it out, repeat 25,000 times a day. Yet, as a sp...