Synthesizing the expert clinical advice of specialists who treat disorders of the nervous system, this book is an accessible, single-volume resource for primary care physicians requiring practical information on a range of neurological disorders. A Guide to the Primary Care of Neurological Disorders provides readers with a firm foundation in neuroscience concepts that will enable them to make timely diagnostic, treatment, and referral decisions about common symptoms, including chronic pain, headache, seizures, numbness, and dizziness. Additional chapters cover specific categories of neurological disease, providing the reader with concise descriptions of the clinical manifestations, examination techniques, and treatment options for each.
Features: --An outline at the start of each chapter aids rapid location of topics of interest --Thorough coverage of history-taking and the physical examination --"Pearls" and "Pitfalls" at the end of each chapter review fundamental concepts and provide helpful guideposts for managing each clinical situation Packed with essential information on clinical neurosciences, this comprehensive book is ideal for primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, physicians' assistants, residents in primary care specialties, and medical students.
Director, Neuroscience Institute, Department of Surgery, Albany Medical College, Albany, NY, USA
1. Primary care medicine & the patient with diseases of the nervous system Maugans 2. The history and scope of the clinical neurosciences Popp 3. Legal and ethical issues Moore 4. An overview of research design to aid in the critical Mayer appraisal of the neurosciences literature 5. Improving outcomes for patients with neurological presentations Chessare in primary care 6. Nursing issues in the primary care of neurology patients Habiniak/ Goodell 7. The effective use of diagnostic testing in neurological disease Mayer 8. History-taking and physical examination of the patient with Dentinger neurological disease 9. How to talk to patients Deshaies/ Thompson/ Popp 10. Why and when radiological studies should be ordered for Belden neurological disorders 11. Electrophysiological testing in neurological disorders: Ramani electroencephalography, evoked potentials and electromyography 12. Acute spinal pain and other spinal complaints Dirisio 13. Headache Dentinger 14. Management of the patient with chronic pain Smith 15. The patient complaining of numbness or weakness Storey 16. Disorders of motor control Molho 17. Management of the patient with visual symptoms Simon 18. Management of patients with disorders of the auditory system Pames 19. The dizzy patient Pames 20. Epilepsy and seizures Ritaccio 21. The patient presenting with psychiatric disorders Balkoski 22. The patient with an altered mental state: dementia and delirium Ramani 23. Stupor, coma and brain death Ritaccio 24. Head injury Tranmer 25. Spinal trauma Dirisio 26. Ischemic cerebrovascular disease Tranmer 27. Hemorrhagic cerebrovascular disease including subarachnoid hemorrhage Boulos 28. Neuro-oncology Emrich 29. Infections/Parainfectious disorders of the central nervous system Lepow 30. Multiple sclerosis and other demyelinating disorders of the Barron central nervous system 31. The pediatric patient Waldman 32. The geriatric patient Coffey 33. Role of the emergency department in the patient with an acute McErlean neurological disorder 34. The patient undergoing rehabilitation for neurological disorders Forrest