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Aids to the examination of the peripheral nervous system: 6th edition
  1. Michael O'Brien
  1. Neurology Department, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Michael O'Brien, Neurology Department, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, London, London, UK; obrmd{at}

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At the outbreak of the Second World War, Dr George Riddoch was a consultant neurologist at The Maida Vale Hospital and the London Hospital. He was made consultant neurologist to the Army with responsibility to establish spinal injury and peripheral nerve injury units throughout the UK. In Scotland, Gogarburn near Edinburgh and Killearn near Glasgow were chosen as they were the two neurosurgical units in Scotland at the time. The neurologist to Scottish Command was Dr Richie Russell and in collaboration with Professor Learmonth, who was professor of surgery at University of Edinburgh, they produced a few photographs demonstrating the testing of individual muscles in 1941 and these were distributed in loose leaf form to district hospitals. As far as I am aware, none survive. Dr M J McArdle replaced Dr …

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  • Contributors MO'B is the sole author of this paper.

  • Funding The author has not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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