My concepts of neurology are based on the thesis that neurology is a branch of medicine (as opposed to surgery) and that it will flourish best in a situation where it is closely allied to internal medicine. Some neurological diseases (particularly stroke, headache, and movement disorders) occur with great frequency in the population, are a part of every clinician's experience, and still may produce devastating illness. Several studies dealing with these areas have been published in the past year, and because I consider them to be of interest to the medical community as a whole, I have chosen them for review.
Toole and his association1 provided a comprehensive study of 225 patients with transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) due primarily to atherosclerosis. The patients were followed up for periods of from 3 to 14 years (average, 5.5 years). For study purposes the patients were separated into three groups, untreated,