Reviewer: Amaal Jilani Starling, MD (Mayo Clinic Arizona)
Description: This is a quick guide to the neurological examination and relevant clinical anatomy with many illustrations demonstrating physical exam techniques, useful charts, and boxed "clinical insights" that connect anatomy and exam findings directly to patient scenarios. The first edition was published in 2012.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a framework for learning the neurological examination, the corresponding clinical neuroanatomy, and clinical correlations. This is an essential step in lesion localization, clinical reasoning, and patient care. The book effectively accomplishes this goal in a succinct, yet comprehensive manner with easy-to-read chapters, excellent illustrations, and diagrams.
Audience: The audience is medical students and junior doctors, according to the authors. However, it is also a useful reference for practicing physicians, especially those in specialties outside of neurology, such as primary care.
Features: Each chapter either covers a portion of the neurological examination or reviews the key points in the examination of specific types of patients, including stroke patients. The book is clearly written, with easy-to-read chapters, excellent organization, and instructive illustrations. The boxes of "guiding principles" and "clinical insights" are high-yield concepts and clinical correlations that place the exam in context.
Assessment: This is an excellent, succinct, yet comprehensive review of the neurological examination and relevant clinical neuroanatomy. It provides medical students and junior doctors with the information they need during rotations and clinical practice. The book fits in a white coat pocket, and presents the information in an easy-to-understand and clinically relevant format with a lot of illustrations, charts, and diagrams. The second edition has an expanded section on stroke patients and contains more illustrations in color.