Clinical Neurological Approach at the Bedside: The Method in Neurology and Its Application to the Critically Ill Patient

  • V. Bonavita
  • G. Sanges
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This paper describes the neurological approach to the critically ill patient. It is well known that the logical cycle of scientific procedure that Claude Bernard called “experimental reasoning” starts with the observation that sets the problems, prompting the formulation of an inductive hypothesis. From this hypothesis flow conclusions, which are compared with a new observation, which is the experimental verification of the hypothesis, which is thus confirmed or refuted. The traditional clinical method is an immediate transposition of the experimental method to clinical practice. But this is the problem: does the observation-hypothesis-verification sequence correspond to the researcher’s real mode of proceeding or not?


Multiple Organ Failure Critical Care Unit Neuromuscular Blocking Agent Critical Illness Polyneuropathy Central Pontine Myelinolysis 
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  • V. Bonavita
  • G. Sanges

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