Film: 9149

Medicine | 1950 | Sound | B/W

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Examination Of The Central Nervous System PART ONE
Young woman enters surgery of female doctor. Close up shot of three bottles of smelling substance, cloves, peppermint, asafoetida. Patient holds one nostril, sniffs through other to ascertain the functioning of the olfactory nerve. Patient sits next to doctor, eye-chart is on wall in background. Patient covers each eye in turn, reads chart. Doctor brandishes ophthalmoscope in front of patient. Looks into eyes. Patient and doctor sit facing each other, patient covers one eye. Doctor waves hand patient waves back as it enters her field of vision. Close up of patient's eyes. Torch is shone into one eye. Patient stares at doctor's finger. Pupils constrict in close up. Middle aged man sits opposite the same female doctor. Follows movements of doctor's finger. Overhead view of man's face (lying down) to show one abnormal, enlarged eye due to paralysis of rectus muscle. Corneal reflex, young woman's eye brushed with wisp of cotton wool, patient blinks. Young woman's face brushed with cotton wool. Woman's face pricked repeatedly with pin. Young woman opens mouth as doctor holds the chin. Close shot elderly woman, right-side facial paralysis so that face is pulled to the left. Tries to open mouth to show gums, can only do this on the left hand side, resulting in 'snarl'. Puffs cheeks out. Doctor's hand tries to pull closed eyelids open, on right hand side the lid opens due to muscle paralysis. 'Tasting solutions' in bottles, citric acid, sugar solution, quinine, salt solution. Doctor wipes young woman's tongue, touches solution with spatula onto tongue. Young woman raises her hand to indicate that she can taste the solution. Doctor inserts auroscope into young woman's ear. Patient sits as doctor stands behind her, whispering words for the patient to repeat. Weber's test, tuning-fork placed in centre of forehead. Rinne's test, tuning-fork vibrated at various points around patient's head. Close up of mouth being opened. Touching pharynx to induce 'gag' reflex. Doctor palpates young woman's neck and shoulder muscles. Patient sticks out tongue, moves it from side to side. Close up of protruding tongue. Close up of patient's shoes as she turns around. Doctor inspects soles of woman's shoes. Doctor and patient stand facing each other, woman tries standing on one leg. Walking pigeon-toed along plank in floor. Woman and doctor sit at desk. Woman goes behind curtain to undress.
PART TWO
Female patient lies (clothed) on couch. Doctor flexes patient's arm at elbow and wrist. Flexing leg and foot joints. Muscles felt during adducing and abduction at the shoulder-joint. Feeling power of biceps and triceps muscles. Flexing and extension at wrist. Flexing hand-muscles. Middle-aged man lies in bed. Cannot sit up without using arms. Lies face-down. Raises head and shoulders. Doctor touches gluteal muscles. Young woman on couch, flexing and extension at hip. Legs, feet. Illustrating the test for meningitis, extension of legs, raising head to chest. Striking wrist with hammer to investigate reflexes, also biceps, triceps, knee, ankle. Abdominal reflex. Scratching soles of feet. Doctor strokes woman's arm with cotton wool. Pricking arms with pin also legs. Close shot of squeezing Achilles' tendon. Holding test-tubes of hot and cold water against patient's arm. Moving patient's fingers at joints, also toes. Tuning fork held between feet. Patient holds her eyes closed, doctor places various small objects into her hand. Doctor holds dividers against patient's fingers. Under doctor's instruction patient lies in bed with her arms outstretched. Heel-knee- test, where knee is touched with heel. Doctor pulls curtains around patient's bed.


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