Neurological disorders account for 10% of consultations in primary care and 20% of acute hospital admissions, yet there is good evidence that 'neurophobia' is common among medical students lost in unnecessary detail. This has led to neurology's long-established reputation as a difficult subject. This book is the antidote to neurophobia. It is divided into four sections: Section I introduces the reader to clinical neurology by summarising the basic aspects of a neurological consultation including history and examination; Section II covers neurological signs related to cranial nerves, motor and sensory system and peripheral nerve lesions; Section III comprises the major and common diseases such as headache, epilepsy, stroke, Parkinson's disease and Multiple sclerosis; and Section IV addresses other main neurological problems. The scope of this book is limited to only the most fundamental principles and omits all superfluous detail - ideal for medical students needing a concise introduction to neurology and an overview for revision.

part I|30 pages

Introduction to clinical neurology

chapter 1|2 pages

The neurological consultation

chapter 2|1 pages


chapter 3|3 pages

Basic neuroanatomy

chapter 4|2 pages

Mental state examination

chapter 5|3 pages

Examination of the speech

chapter 6|3 pages

Cranial nerves examination

chapter 7|2 pages

Upper limbs examination

chapter 8|2 pages

Lower limbs examination

chapter 9|2 pages

Points to remember

chapter 10|2 pages

Sensory examination

chapter 11|2 pages

Gait examination

chapter 12|4 pages

Neurological investigations

part II|22 pages

Neurological signs

chapter 13|10 pages

Cranial nerve disorders

chapter 14|4 pages

Common neurological patterns

chapter 15|4 pages

Peripheral nerve lesions

chapter 16|2 pages

Coma (unconsciousness)

part III|44 pages

Neurological problems and diseases – the big five

chapter 17|6 pages


chapter 18|14 pages


chapter 19|8 pages


chapter 20|8 pages

Parkinson’s disease

chapter 21|6 pages

Multiple sclerosis

part IV|32 pages

Neurological problems and diseases – others

chapter 22|4 pages

Infections of the central nervous system

chapter 23|2 pages

Guillain–Barré syndrome

chapter 24|3 pages

Myasthenia gravis

chapter 25|2 pages

Motor neurone disease

chapter 26|4 pages


chapter 27|3 pages

Intracranial tumours

chapter 28|4 pages

Head injury

chapter 29|8 pages

Other neurological disorders