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BrainWaves # 36 Teaching through clinical cases: acute vestibular syndrome [2019 update]

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: January 24, 2019

In 2016, Dr. Ali Hamedani summarized the basic principles underlying a neurologic evaluation for acute dizziness--the acute vestibular syndrome. We've remastered the prior show, and added a few new factoids for you in this 2019 remake. Enjoy!

Produced by James E Siegler. Music courtesy of John Bartman and Kevin McLeod. Sound effects by Mike Koenig and Daniel Simion. BrainWaves' podcasts and online content are intended for medical education only and should not be used for clinical decision-making. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @BrainWavesaudio for the latest updates to the podcast.


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We believe that the principles expressed or implied in the podcast remain valid, but certain details may be superseded by evolving knowledge since the episode’s original release date.

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