Category Archives: Medical Knowledge

Neuropathology

I’ve always had a place in my heart for pathology—the fundamental basis for allopathic medicine. By this I mean that in diagnosing and treating disease, we’re concerned with the structure and function of the body’s organs and systems, their pathological … Continue reading

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Neuroimaging

Question: An 8 year-old girl presents with cognitive delay and incoordination. What is the diagnosis? See below for the answer. It goes without saying that neurologists must learn to interpret radiographic images; residents look at so many CTs and MRIs … Continue reading

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Exam Videos

Dr. Hal Blumenfeld’s book, Neuroanatomy through Clinical Cases, is a great introductory text for neurology residents. It’s comprehensive, yet quite readable, with lots of superb drawings and illustrative cases. I think it occupies the space between Berkowitz’s Clinical Neurology and … Continue reading

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The Beautiful Brain: The drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal

Santiago Ramón y Cajal is one of the founding fathers of neuroscience. He was the foremost proponent of the neuron theory–that the nervous system is composed of interconnected but individual neurons as opposed to a continuous reticulum of nervous tissue. … Continue reading

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A Zebra for Our Times: Transient Smartphone Blindness

Here’s a neurological oddity to be aware of: Transient smartphone blindness. Per a case report in this week’s Green Journal: When a patient lies on one side, the ipsilateral (lowermost) eye becomes functionally occluded (e.g., by a pillow) and its … Continue reading

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RITE Review

In follow-up to the publication of the textbook reviewed below, Dr. Berkowitz created a Facebook page and is posting board-style review questions on it. I think the plan is to post one per day. Have fun!

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Neurology Book Report

“What should I read?” It’s a common question from students, especially future neurology residents, as well as advanced practice providers and allied health professionals set to care for neurological patients. It’s a hard question to answer because neurologists often rely … Continue reading

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On the Interpretation of Neuroscientific Findings

By now, many readers will know that I’m a devotee of Peter Hacker’s Wittgenstein-infused critique of neuroscientific research. I recently came across a podcast of a lecture that he gave on the topic and the corresponding YouTube video above. Here’s … Continue reading

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Assessing Consciousness

This week’s Green Journal has an interesting fMRI study in which the authors identify specific lesional areas in the pontine tegmentum that are associated with coma. The study raises the possibility that such imaging could be useful in the diagnosis and … Continue reading

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Cui bono

Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings is a very interesting blog with articles and links relevant to what might be called popular neuroscience. As I’ve mentioned several times on this blog, however, one of my pet peeves with respect to some popular … Continue reading

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