The Four-Minute Neurologic Exam

Stephen Goldberg, MD

This course meets the qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credit

This course provides an excellent introduction to the neurology necessary to evaluate a patient in deciding whether or not to refer to a neurologist. This course will teach the therapist the basics of a differential diagnosis of a psychological v. a neurological disorder.

Designed originally for medical doctors to quickly assess for neurological problems, this course is relevant to psychotherapists and nursing professionals, as it provides a "Rapid Neurological Assessment when Time is Limited,"


Learning Objectives:

The Four-Minute Neurologic Exam will allow students to:


*Receive an overview of a brief clinical neurological exam technique; and know which parts of the exam they may do, within the scope of their practice
*Know how to differentiate an organic v. a non-organic illness
*Have a ready reference when they have neurological questions about their patients
*Know when to refer a patient to a physician for a neurological exam

*Please note that while there are parts of the Four Minute Neurologic Exam that are not within the scope of practice of psychotherapy, they are important to know about to make an accurate differential diagnosis and referral.



This course meets the qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credit


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This course consists of a post-test based upon reading the text. There is no online material to read. After you pass the post-test, you may print out your own certificate.


Stephen Goldberg, MD, is a neuroanatomist, an ophthalmologist and a family physician, making him uniquely qualified to teach Clinical Neuroanatomy. Dr. Goldberg is a Professor Emeritus of Anatomy at the University of Miami School of Medicine. Over 300,00 copies of Clinical Neuroanatomy Made Ridiculously Simple have sold, teaching legions of medical students what they need to know to understand the basics of clinical neuroanatomy.

To receive credit students must


1999. 56 pgs., 13 illus. (ISBN #0-940780-05-4 )$12.95 + shipping
  • Pass the post-test
  • Upon passing the test, you will receive a certificate of completion.



1. Principles of Neurologic Localization
2. The History
3. The Neurologic Exam
4. Laboratory Tests
Appendix (The ophthalmoscopic exam)

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