Health-Related Articles


Gary E Cordingley, MD, PhD

These articles are intended for general information purposes only
and should not be construed as providing medical advice in
particular cases. Individuals in need of medical advice should
consult their own physicians.
Evaluating Symptoms
Aphasia: The Cruelest Language Barrier

Cervical Radiculopathy: Diagnosing a Pinched Nerve in the Neck

Chronic Daily Headache: Same Old, Same Old

Diagnosing Spells: Fits, Faints and More

Evaluating Dementia: Assessment for Treatable Causes

Mini-Stroke: A Term That Means Everything and Therefore Nothing

Nervousness and Shaking: Are They the Same Thing?

Numb, Dizzy and Normal: Deceptive Words in Medical Practice

Spin Control: What to Do When You're Dizzy

Staring-Spell Seizures: They're Not All the Same

Using Probability in Medical Diagnosis: A Headache Example

When A Sinus Headache Is Really a Migraine
Diagnostic Tests
The Neurological Exam: Evaluating the Master Organ

The ABCs of CTs and MRIs in Neurological Practice

Electroencephalograms (EEGs): Catching a Brain Wave

Electromyography (EMG): What Is It, and Does It Hurt?

Nerve Conduction Tests: What Are They?

Lumbar Puncture: This (Really) Is Spinal Tap

Medical Tests: What Does a "Normal Range" Mean?

Seven Sloppy Uses of Medical Tests
Conditions and their Treatments
Bell's Palsy: Managing to Save Face

Blepharospasm: That Blinkety-Blink Movement Disorder

Brain Concussions in Sports: What's the Fuss?

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Pinched Median Nerve at the Wrist

Cervical Radiculopathy: Treating a Pinched Nerve in the Neck

Conquering Restless Legs: Victory over Defeat

Delirium Tremens (DTs): The Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome from Hell

Early Diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis: Difficult But Important

Epidural and Subdural Hematomas: Dangerous Blood Clots on the Brain

Epilepsy: Ten Tips for People with Seizures

Facial Pain: When a Nerve Is a Live Wire

Guillain Barré Syndrome: When Legs (and more) Turn to Rubber

Hemifacial Spasm: When a Wink Is Not a Wink

How Are Brain Contusions Different from Brain Concussions?

How to Lose Weight: Food for Thought

Hydrocephalus: Too Much Water on the Brain

Intracerebral Hemorrhage: Bleeding Inside the Brain

Medication Overuse Headaches: The Vicious Cycle of Analgesic Rebound

Meningitis and Encephalitis: What's the Difference?

Nailing a Migraine: Hitting It Hard and Early

Parkinson's Disease: Its Over-Diagnosis and Under-Diagnosis

Parkinson's Disease: Ten Tips for Patients

Peroneal Neuropathy: Waiting for the Other Foot to Drop

Polyneuropathy: A Disease of the Longest Nerve-Fibers

Preventing Headaches and Reducing their Impact

Radial Neuropathy: The Wrist-Drop of Saturday Night Palsy

So You've Had a Stroke -- Now What?

Stroke: The First 24 Hours after a Brain Attack

Stroke Rehabilitation: A Novel Treatment Pays Off

Subarachnoid Hemorrhage: When a Brain Aneurysm Bleeds

Thigh on Fire: Lateral Femoral Cutaneous Neuropathy

Ulnar Neuropathy: Sane Treatment of a Crazy Bone
Affordable Drugs: Saving Money by Splitting Pills

Bias in Health Information: Understanding the Agendas

Gender Bias in Stroke Care

Seven Toxic Effects of Drug Companies

Talking Money with Your Doctor: Drugs and Tests for Less

Ten Things Medical Doctors Are Not Good At

Transgender Health, Education and Advocacy
History of Medicine
Walter Freeman's Lobotomies at Athens State Hospital

Les lobotomies frontales du Dr. Walter Freeman à l'Hôpital d’Athens dans l’état d'Ohio

Pictures Related to Transorbital Frontal Lobotomies, the Athens (Ohio) State Hospital
and Dr. Walter Freeman

History of Medicine in Athens County, Ohio

Henly Chapman Rutter, M.D., Alienist

To Err Is Human: Nineteenth Century (Athens County, Ohio)

Horner's Syndrome: A Medical Discovery from the American Civil War
For Practitioners
How to Perform the Neurologic Exam in Spanish -- now available on Kindle!