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BrainWaves #112 Optic neuritis

MedLink Neurology
Podcast is delighted to feature selected episodes from BrainWaves, courtesy of James E Siegler MD, its originator and host. BrainWaves is an academic audio podcast whose mission is to educate medical providers through clinical cases and topical reviews in neurology, medicine, and the humanities, and episodes originally aired from 2016 to 2021.

Originally released: June 14, 2018

As a pupil of neurology and medicine, I feel like it is my responsibility to cover this topic at least once on the podcast. This topic came to me in a vision. But not one of phosphenes or impaired stereopsis--both of which we'll cover today. This week, we're discussing inflammation of the optic nerve, from the historical aspects to current concepts. And while you're listening, there's no need to lash out at my puns. You can stop rolling your eyes now.

Produced by James E Siegler. Music by Lee Rosevere, Kevin McLeod, Steve Combs, and Unheard Music Concepts. Voiceover by Erika Mejia. BrainWaves' podcasts and online content are intended for medical education only and should not be used for clinical decision-making.


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