Acute stroke interventions and stroke rehabilitation are aimed at salvaging or restoring brain function. How do we know if we have accomplished this goal? We examine the patient.

For generations of medical students, residents, and other trainees in neuroscience, the neurological examination has achieved almost sacred, untouchable status, while at the same time becoming less important, as diagnostic technologies have become more sophisticated. Indeed, many of the examination’s components have become almost empty ritual.

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