Neuroscience Knowledge base
The department here has put together those articles we think are most helpful:- http://sgh-neurology.wikidot.com
Books - Basic
- John Patten’s basic, clinical textbook is on every bookshelf
- Fowler “Clinical Neurology”
- “Aids to the Examination of the Peripheral Nervous System” by Her Majesty’s Stationary Office is an investment for life for most doctors not just neurologists.
- For neurorehabilitation SHO try Greenwood’s neurorehabilitation book
- Field Guide to the Difficult Patient Interview (Field Guide Series) by Frederic W. Platt and Geoffrey H. Gordon
- Learning to Consult by Rodger Charlton
Not so basic – more for neuro trainees
- Cognitive exam (I think the neurorehab job would be a good place to start to get to grips with this) John Hodge’s Cognitive Assessment for Clinicians - very detailed but excellent
- Duus Topical Diagnosis in Neurology,: anatomy physiology, signs, symptoms (I used the version written by Duus. It is now edited by Baehr & Frotscher. Excellent anatomico-clinical correlation).
- Drug-induced Neurological Disorders by Kewal K. Jain
- Jean Aicardi “Diseases of the Nervous System in Childhood (Clinics in Developmental Medicine)” Fabulously practical but very postgraduate! Useful for adult neurologists as it covers illnesses we are bad at
- “Neurological therapeutics Vol 1 and 2” JH Noseworthy
Books for Membership
- DRJ Jarret & M.L. Harris “Fundoscopy for MRCP” by Churchill Livingstone 1988 has a brilliant introduction explaining how to do it
- John Larkin “Cynical Acumen – the anarchic guide to clinical medicine” Yes it is cynical and funny so good light relief during studying for exams, (some of the neuro is a tad dodgy)
- Banerjee, Ryder, Mir and Freeman’s series of OSCE and PACES for MRCP I used these through my two last years as a student – great!
- Walmsey and White “Clinical Chemistry – Diagnosis and Management” just a readable and interesting approach to what we spend a lot of time dealing with day to day – abnormal results. Very helpful and my copy is well-thumbed
On line learning
doctors.net.uk have learning modules which can be linked to eportfolio
For biochem (inborn errors) flowcharts: www.metbio.net/metbioGuidelines.asp
For Neuromuscular disorders: http://neuromuscular.wustl.edu/index.html
For Neurophysiology: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UC70ljnnN4GKEdNAMMm2NT0g
A Little Light Reading
Things which are easy to read but at the end of which you know more medicine:
Oliver Sacks “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat” and “Migraine””Musicophilia” “The Mind’s Eye”
Peretz Lavie “The Enchanted World of Sleep” 1993
Strogatz “Sync” on circadian rhythms
Adam Zeman “Consciousness –A User’s Guide” also “The Mind.”
“Bad Science” Ben Goldacre
Henry Marsh “Do No Harm” – neurosurgical instant classic & “Admissions”
Lewis Thomas “Lives of a Cell”
Eric Kandel “The Search for Memory”
Luria “The Story of a Mnemonist”
Understanding psychotherapy or the psychological stuff of neurology
These books are easy reading but get you to understand what is really going on for patients when they are referred to psychology services.
“The Examined Life” Stephen Grosz as if short stories meet the analyst’s couch
“The Gossamer Thread” Marzillier describes his own journey from psychology graduate to therapist through the fashions in treatments at the end of the twentieth century leading you to see what therapy does and what it is based on in terms of science and practice
“A Condition of Doubt” Catherine Belling – about heath anxiety
Siri Hustvedt “The Shaking Woman – a history of my nerves”
“The psychopathology of Everyday Life” or “The Joke and Its relation to the Unconscious” by S Freud. Dated but still makes some really astute clinical observations.
“It’s All in Your Head: True Stories of Imaginary Illness” by Suzanne O'Sullivan – not perfect as books go but the first serious attempt to present this illness group to the general public
Fabulous Medical Writing
“The Doctor Stories” William Carlos Williams compiled by Robert Coles
Bulgakov “A Country Doctor’s Notebook” (title varies according to translation)
Cartoons and Graphic Novels
Look at Ian Williams’ website: http://www.graphicmedicine.org/
There are opportunities to review for the site and there are conferences!
Medical Critical Theory / Anthropology
J Skelton “Language and Clinical Communication”
A breath of fresh air into some of the nonsense and jargon.
K Sweeney “Complexity in Primary Care” is not just for GPs
“Khul Khaal Five Egyptian Women Tell their Stories” Nayra Atiya
“Illness” Havi Carel a young philosopher gets ill and thinks about how to live with it.
“Smile or Die” Barbara Ehenrich a commentary on the folk belief that being positive helps you get better from cancer and some related themes.
“Suburban Shaman” Cecil Helman and “Medicine Health and Culture” (on Kent ward)
“Epistemic Injustice” Fricker
Places to go
Wellcome Collection, Euston Rd - visit it! it’s fantastic and has a great bookshop
The Royal Anthropological Institute will send emails about fascinating anthropology documentaries in London http://www.therai.org.uk/
At King’s the Centre for Humanities and Health have many interesting evening lectures etc and they will add you to their email list if requested
Quite a few films address issues about end of life, medical ethics in care and life-threatening illnesses amongst which:
“Mar Adentro” Galician man who wants to end his life after 26 years of tetraparesis
“Ikiru” (1952 translated as “To Live!”) by Kurosawa
A civil servant learns he has cancer and changes how he lives.
"La Mort de Dante Lazarescu / The Death of Mr Lazarescu" by Cristi Puiu
A long, brilliant Romanian film about what happens when an old alcoholic guy falls ill.
Ousmane Sembene “ Moolaade” whilst being about an African village and the issues of female genital mutilation, it’s not the kind of movie you’d imagine. A really interesting view of how to resolve issues and the impact of that on people’s bodies and lives
“Fear of Fear” an examination of medical collusion in benzodiazepine use as well as the social circumstances surrounding it, excellent movie by RW Fassbinder
“Fear eats the Soul”
“Hable con Ella” (Talk to Her) by Almodovar complexifies ethics and care in ITU.