Category Archives: Medical Knowledge

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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Involve the Palliative Care Team Early

Here’s a sad story about a family’s struggle with their young son’s fatal ordeal with New Onset Refractory Status Epilepticus (NORSE). NORSE is basically super-refractory status absent an obvious precipitating injury such as encephalitis. The main theme in this account is … Continue reading

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Brain Death Resources

In light of the documented variability in the conduct of brain death evaluations around the country, and the ultra-high stakes, it’s extremely important for residents to know how to do this correctly. I recently became aware of a brain death … Continue reading

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Serotonin Syndrome and Ocular Flutter

Serotonin Syndrome is an important entity for residents to be aware of. It’s a toxicity resulting from the use of serotonin-selective reuptake inhibitors and similar drugs, and interactions of those drugs with others such as tramadol and possibly linezolid. The … Continue reading

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