Clinical Observations on the Nervous System

Michael J. Aminoff

in Sir Charles Bell

Published on behalf of © Michael J. Aminoff

Published in print September 2016 | ISBN: 9780190614966
Published online September 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780190614997 | DOI:
Clinical Observations on the Nervous System

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With his remarkable knowledge of anatomy and his analytical mind, Bell developed into an outstanding clinical neurologist even before the specialty had been invented. Thus it was that in his later years, when finally he returned to the University of Edinburgh as professor of surgery, referrals and requests for consultation were often for him to provide a neurological opinion rather than to perform surgical operations. His clinical observations regarding motor or sensory disturbances involving the face are of particular interest given his interests in the facial expression of emotions and the innervation of the face. Bell described or elaborated on several clinical disorders, although not always recognizing them as distinct entities—Bell’s palsy and spasms; the numb chin; motor neuron diseases; muscular dystrophy; myotonia; various movement disorders (torticollis and writer’s cramp); atlantoaxial dislocation; trigeminal neuralgia; and referred pain.

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Subjects: Neurology ; History of Medicine ; History of Neuroscience

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