The Neurological History

  • Gerald S. Golden
Part of the Topics in Pediatrics book series (TIPE)


The neurological history and examination are complementary. The first provides the information on which hypotheses concerning the general classification and course of the disorder are built; the second, the localizing anatomy of the lesion or lesions. In some conditions the history is so typical that virtually the entire diagnosis can be based on this information. A systematic approach to obtaining the history will permit data acquisition with the greatest efficiency and with the least possibility of omitting important facts (Table 2-1).


Cerebral Palsy Streptococcal Pharyngitis Perinatal Risk Factor Small Head Circumference Fungal Meningitis 
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Additional Reading

  1. Swaiman, K. F., 1982, Neurologic history in childhood, in: The Practice of Pediatric Neurology, (K. F. Swaiman and F. S. Wright, eds.), C.V. Mosby Co., St. Louis, pp. 3–8.Google Scholar

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerald S. Golden
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  1. 1.Department of Neurology, The Health Science CenterUniversity of Tennessee, MemphisMemphisUSA

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