My experience in teaching medical students, neurology residents, and fellows has been that they love multiplechoice questions combined with didactic teaching. For that reason I developed several board-style questions at the end of most of my recent lectures, encouraging my listeners to memorize the provided information.
The idea of this review initially arose when I was studying for the neurology board myself. I was surprised by the lack of review books in a question-andanswer format to help me assess my progress and identify areas of weakness. The few neurology reviews that did have multiple-choice questions were intended for medical students preparing for the USMLE, but they lacked the deep, broad coverage needed for the neurology board exam.
Additional impetus for this book came from my years of teaching. Many of my students, residents, fellows, and even colleagues asked me whether there was a book in question-and-answer format that could be used as a tool in preparing for neurology board certification/recertification. The format of the present work simulates the board exam and serves as an excellent tool for identifying areas of strength and weakness and sharpening knowledge that has already been acquired.
In preparing a second edition of this book, I was driven not only by recent changes in the question format of the neurology board exam and the steady advances in nearly all aspects of neurology over the past five years but also by the response my work had received from its readers. I am grateful for their positive comments. As I reviewed the first edition in preparation for the second, I recognized clearly all the very significant and exciting changes had recently occurred in the neurology and neurosciences fields.
This book is not designed to substitute for the didactic lectures, seminars, and conferences offered during residency or fellowship training but rather to augment residents’ experimental learning, reinforce their self-assessment and growth, and better prepare them for the certification examination of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
The book is divided into 17 chapters, including one devoted to psychiatry and another to localization signs, thus providing comprehensive coverage of the neurology board topics. The content represents almost a total rewrite of the previous edition, with new questions in the new neurology board format as well as numerous illustrations, including color illustrations, and updated answers using the current literature for references to reflect the most recent advances.
The best way to go through this book is to follow these steps:
First read the question without reading the answer choices (A to E) and guess the answer based on the information offered by the question.
Then read the answer choices (A to E); these may confirm or refute the answers you have already developed. If your first answer proves wrong, choose another from the remaining choices.
Go to the answer section of the chapter, check if your answer is correct, and read the answer.
The answers offer a comprehensive review of the different question choices. Whether or not you answered the question correctly, I strongly advise you to go in depth through the incorrect choices to find out why they are incorrect by consulting the answer references or other references. They will enlarge the knowledge provided by the question and help to identify any hidden weakness in your knowledge base.
I am indebted to my family, who allowed me the luxury of time to produce this second edition and who carried most of my personal daily workload with understanding.
I am also grateful for the assistance of the editorial and publishing staff of McGraw-Hill throughout the preparation of this second edition.
I hope you have fun studying for the neurology board via the multiple-choice question-and-answer study approach.