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A Dictionary of Neurological Signs


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  2. A
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  3. B
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  4. C
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  5. D
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  6. E
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  8. G
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About this book


This updated and expanded Fourth Edition is an alphabetical listing of commonly presenting neurological signs designed to guide the physician toward the correct clinical diagnosis. The dictionary is focused, problem-based and concise. 

The structured entries in this practical, clinical resource provide summaries of a wide range of neurological signs. Each entry includes: a definition of the sign; a brief account of the clinical technique required to elicit the sign; a description of the other signs which may accompany the index sign; an explanation of pathophysiological and/or pharmacological background; differential diagnosis; brief treatment details; and where known, the neuroanatomical basis of the sign. 

A Dictionary of Neurological Signs, Fourth Edition, is an indispensable reference for all students, trainees, and clinicians who care for patients with neurological disorders, and could also be used in preparation for exams, since each entry is a snapshot of a specific disorder or disease.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Neurology & NeurosurgeryWalton Centre forLiverpoolUnited Kingdom

About the authors

A. J. Larner MA MD MRCP(UK) DHMSA PhD is a Consultant Neurologist at the Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Liverpool, and Society of Apothecaries’ Honorary Lecturer in the History of Medicine, University of Liverpool, UK.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title A Dictionary of Neurological Signs
  • Authors A.J. Larner
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-29819-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-80660-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-29821-4
  • Edition Number 4
  • Number of Pages XLI, 347
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Neurology
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“There are an enormous number of physical signs which are used by neurologists. This book is intended to provide a dictionary of such signs – an alphabetical series of descriptive entries, ranging from one paragraph to a page or so in length. … Medical libraries will probably have access to adequate definitions of all the terms in this book, but would sometimes find it useful to have them all brought together in a clear, well-referenced authoritative source.” (Martin Guha, Reference Reviews, Vol. 31 (1), 2017)

“The dictionary is practical and concise. Each entry succinctly defines a speci­fic sign, briefly describes the clinical technique required to elicit it, lists commonly associated signs and symptoms, describes its known pathophysiological and neuroanatomical basis, gives a differential diagnosis and some remarks about treatment. … A Dictionary of Neurological Signs will surely enrich trainees’ clinical skills throughout their career.” (Michel Toledano, British Journal of Hospital Medicine, Vol. 77 (10), October, 2016)