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Vestibular Physiology: How to be a Clinician and Yet Think Physiologically

Dominik Straumann

in Oxford Textbook of Vertigo and Imbalance

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Published in print February 2013 | ISBN: 9780199608997
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754227 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199608997.003.0002

Series: Oxford Textbooks in Clinical Neurology

Vestibular Physiology: How to be a Clinician and Yet Think Physiologically

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This chapter discusses a pot pourri of ‘laws’ and facts that neurologists and otorhinolaryngologists with an interest in neuro-otology might wish to be aware of before immersing in a clinical textbook. After all, legions of dizzy patients are waiting to become evaluated and reading time is scarce, especially at the beginning of a neuro-otology fellowship. The choice of topics is motivated by personal experience and the belief that a successful road to neuro-otology is based on phenomenology, in particular eye movements assessment. Only after being able to distinguish normal from disordered ocular motor behavior and after understanding the underlying physiological mechanisms, can one identify the affected neuroanatomical structures and make accurate diagnoses.

Chapter.  5834 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neurology

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