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 Neuroanatomy, (a new book that I recently reviewed here), and Brazis’s classic, Localization in Clinical Neurology. The former is particularly well-suited for beginners—students, interns, and junior residents who want a concise introduction to their future specialty; we give a copy to our PG1s. The latter is still my go-to for what I call “micro-localization”—when I need to refresh my memory on some precise neuroanatomical detail. It’s best digested in small chunks; we’re using it for book club this year.

Blumenfeld fits nicely between those two. It’s longer and more detailed than Berkowitz, but the layout and case discussions make it easier to digest than Brazis. Our residents are using it for their resident-led lecture series this year.

Recently, I discovered that Dr. Blumenfeld created an online companion to the book in which he demonstrates the neurological exam in a series of short videos. These are available on the web, for free, here. There’s also a longer video that includes an entire exam, but that one is gated; I assume you get access if you buy the book.

These exam videos are a great resource—there’s a big difference between reading about how to do the exam vs. seeing it done by an expert. For example, embedded below is the video on oculocephalic testing, and I added a link to the main webpage with all of the videos on the menu above, under Clinical Neurology Resources → General Neurology.

Two other video resources I’ve mentioned before (and that are also accessible via the menus above) are the Neuro-Ophthalmology Video Education Library (NOVEL) and the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society video library. The latter one requires a membership, but this is free for residents; the signup page is here.

About Justin A. Sattin

I’m a vascular neurologist and residency program director. I created this blog in order to share some thoughts with my resident and other colleagues, and to foster my own learning as well.

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