Thursday, March 17, 2011

New Edition of Classic Textbook on the Neurologic Examination

MAYWOOD, Il. -- For more than 40 years, neurologists have learned how to do thorough neurologic examinations with the help of DeMyer's The Neurologic Examination.

Now this classic textbook has been updated and revised in a new 6th Edition that includes full-color illustrations.

"At a time when our interactions with patients are threatened, and ill-advised short cuts are taken, a detailed history and thorough examination become even more critical in caring for our patients," said Dr. José Biller, co-author of the 6th Edition and chairman of the Department of Neurology at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

"We hope this text will facilitate learning by teaching medical practitioners and students how to perform neurologic examinations. In addition, the text is an invaluable tool in teaching relevant neuroanatomy and neurophysiology while communicating how targeted diagnostic tests help clarify important clinical questions."

The original edition was written by the late Dr. William DeMyer (1924-2008). "His academic accomplishments and teaching were unsurpassed," Biller said. "DeMyer's The Neurologic Examination: A Programmed Text is one of the longest-running neurology texts. We were greatly honored -- and it was with great trepidation -- that we agreed to revise and update this textbook."

Using an interactive approach, the text allows readers to learn at their own pace as they work through clinical situations and rehearse skills and procedures. They also will learn how to tailor exams to different situations, including the unconscious patient, the face and head, vision, the peripheral ocular motor system, central ocular motor system, cerebellar dysfunction, somatic motor system and special senses. "We hope this will remain one of the seminal texts on the neurologic exam," Biller said. The other co-authors are Dr. Gregory Gruener, associate chairman of Loyola's Department of Neurology, and Dr. Paul Brazis, professor of Neurology at Mayo Medical School.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.