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Revista de la Facultad de Medicina (México)

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PAUL, Carrillo-Mora  and  BARAJAS-MARTINEZ, Karina Gabriela. Basic neurological examination for the general practitioner. Rev. Fac. Med. (Méx.) [online]. 2016, vol.59, n.5, pp.42-56. ISSN 2448-4865.

The neurological examination (NE) is the most important clinical tool in medicine for the detection and diagnosis of nervous system diseases. In several medical areas, the integration of clinical data with neuroanatomical and neurophysiological knowledge is of vital importance for the correct utilization and interpretation of NE. Frequently for the medical students, the NE and other subjects related to neuroscience are conceptualized as lengthy, difficult and boring; so it is important to teach these subjects to the medical students and general practitioners in a simple and comprehensive manner. Hence, the main objective of this paper is to propose a scheme for performing a basic neurological examination (BNE) that will allow the primary care physician to readily identify possible neurological disorders (especially the most frequent or severe), in order to provide adequate initial treatment or establish opportune reference criteria to another level of medical assistance.

Keywords : Neurological evaluation; clinical neurology; general medicine; diagnosis; neuroimaging.

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