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BrainWaves #76 Fun facts about reflex testing

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: September 7, 2017

Reflex testing is an art. And that makes each of us an artist. The nuances of the reflex circuitry and how to interpret reflex testing are the topics of this week's episode, starring medical student Eliana Vasquez from Texas Health Sciences Center.

Produced by Erika Mejia and James E Siegler. Music by Komiku, Jahzzar, and Jason Shaw. BrainWaves podcast and online content are intended for medical education only and should not be used in the routine care of patients. I swear, if someone tries to sue me because their doctor said, "Well, Jim told me I should hit your knee with a hammer," then I'm coming for you.


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