Shirley A Berman

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Schematic displays are presented of the cerebral territories supplied by branches of the middle cerebral artery as they would appear on axial and coronal computed tomographic (CT) scan sections. Companion diagrams of regional cortical function and a discussion of the fiber tracts are provided to simplify correlation of clinical deficits with coronal and(More)
Mechanisms underlying the development of spasticity after spinal cord injury are not understood. One spinal interneuron likely to be affected is the Renshaw cell, which acts to produce recurrent inhibition in motor neurons as well as inhibiting Ia interneurons. Descending pathways exert both excitatory and inhibitory control over Renshaw cell activity. We(More)
The purpose of this study was to assess the suitability of various neurology patient education brochures, as well as neurology information on the World Wide Web, to determine whether they were appropriate for patients with low literacy. A convenience sample of 520 patients in university-based public and private neurology clinics participated. In this(More)
Schematic displays of the cerebral territories supplied by branches of the anterior cerebral artery as they would appear on axial and coronal CT scan sections are presented. Companion diagrams of regional cerebral function are also provided to simplify correlation of clinical deficits with coronal and axial CT abnormalities. Selected examples illustrate(More)
CONTEXT Blood culture is the criterion standard for identifying children with bacteremia. However, elevated false-positive rates are common and are associated with substantial health care costs. OBJECTIVE To compare contamination rates in blood culture specimens obtained from separate sites vs through newly inserted intravenous catheters. DESIGN,(More)
In order to obtain an electrophysiological characterization of the injury zone in traumatic quadriplegia, we performed electromyography and nerve conduction studies on the upper limbs of 15 patients with cervical cord trauma. Evidence of significant axonal loss was found in multiple myotomes of all patients. In most cases, the level of the most severe(More)
Suppurative middle ear effusions (MEE) have been shown to occur commonly in neonates. In spite of this, otoscopy is not routinely performed on septic infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (ICU). This is clinically significant since unrecognized suppurative MEE may act as a focus for dissemination of bacteria into the circulation and/or central nervous(More)
We report on our analysis of a patient who developed personality changes which strongly resembled an antisocial personality disorder after surgical resection of a pituitary tumor. Despite behavioral changes that were obvious to friends, family and health care professionals, formal neuropsychological and personality testing revealed no specific cognitive(More)