Clinical Neuroscience



MARCH 20, 1994

Clinical Neuroscience - 1994;47(03-04)

[Letter from Dr. Atilla Nemes Answer by Dr. Imre Szirmai]



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Clinical Neuroscience

[Dementia and related problems '93. an overview]


[Based on extensive investigations carried out the epidemiology of dementias in the last decade in Europe the methodology has become unified. The most important elements are: two-step screening in two time periods, population of 4000 or more, unified screening and diagnostic methods. The incidence was 1 p.c. established in the population between the ages of 60–64; the proportion nearly doubled in each 5 year period. Regarding the recently published risk factors of Alzheimer's disease (AD) the possible protective role of smoking and the low educational level seem to be very interesting. In the group of AAMI the biological life events as possible causative factors seem to be of importance. The functional assesment scale of Reisberg is reported from psychometric tests. An outline is given about the clinical diagnostic criteria of AD and vascular dementias based on the widely discussed system published on the latter in 1993. The problems of different clinical subtypes of AD with relevance to biochemical markers are discussed as are the diganostic criteria of Lewy body type dementia. A summary on some new etological results (genetic heterogenety, new possible ways of amyloidogenesis, glutamate-theory, etc.) is given. After highlihgting the importance of the different kinds of psychotherapy and mental training, social factors are stressed, and some ethical conflict situations (driving, coercive measures, etc.) are shortly presented.]

Clinical Neuroscience

[The history of Hungarian neurology (Part I)]


[Every nation has its great people of whom it is proud. In our country, intellectuals think that Hungarians are particularly talented in music and mathematics. However, our outstanding geneticist believes that the genetic background of different abilities is equal between nations and that the different results are caused by external circumstances. Indeed, the "accumulation" of great Hungarian conductors and musicians in the United States, and the careers of many Nobel Prize-winning mathematicians and physicists in the United States, were made possible by the fact that they had to leave their homeland for political reasons. Contrary to what is suggested above, the first 50 years of a very successful and internationally respected period of Hungarian neuroscience were hampered by these circumstances. All the more reason to appreciate the neurological output of this period. I would be glad if the readers of this work would share this opinion. I have selected those publications for illustration which appeared in the so-called 'world languages'. The only exceptions are monographs, theses and one or two major works, some of which have already been published in a foreign language. Due to the limitations of space, many areas of neuroscience could not be discussed. Thus, I have not been able to write about international greats in neuroanatomy such as Mihály Lenhossék, Apáthy, Szentágothai; about neurophysiologists, especially those working on the cochleovestibular system such as Hőgyes, Bárány, Békésy; about neuroendocrinology or about many details of neurochemistry. The importance of neurosurgery, which is closely related to our subject, calls for a separate presentation. A small monograph on the history of Hungarian neuroscience was published in 1976 by István Környey, a great teacher and scholar of Hungarian neurology. In 1992, Zoltán Nagy published a history of Hungarian neurology in the last century under the title Hungarian Neurology in The Last Century. These historical summaries were important precursors to my present work. ]

Clinical Neuroscience

[Voltage mapping studies of generalized spike- wave patterns associated with absence seizures]


[In this retrospective study, scalp electric fields of ictal generalized spike-wave discharges were analized by the so-called topographic voltage mapping method. The 17 patients displaying absences (with or without other seizures) belonged to different age groups and diverse epileptic syndromes. Main results: 1. Maps derived at the points of the spike and the wave components belong to different classes. A-type spikes show frontal, P-type spikes show posterior voltage maxima. Also atypical spike (map) configurations exist. 2. A spike maps frequently show a characteristic modification along the GSW pattern. 3. Waves can display bilateral (L) or medial (M) frontal voltage maxima. 4. At least in the time window of several weeks, the dominant spike map pattern and the pattern of the waveform was characteristic to each patient. Configurations of the different spike and wave components show some relation to a limited set of clinical data. The combination of A- spikes with L-waves was found in children who had , typical" absence- epilepsies. On the contrary, irregular spectrum of different spikes and M-waves was found in elder absence patients showing rather unfavorable course of their illness.]

Clinical Neuroscience

[Immunological test for idiopathic inflammatory myopathies]


[Sceletal muscle biopsy specimens from patients with various inflammatory myopathies – dermatomyositis, polymyositis and inclusion body myositis – have been investigated by immunocytochemical methods with the help of monoclonal antibodies. Conclusions about the pathomechanism of these disorders were saught. In dermatomyositis the humoral immunity and the damage of the small vessels of muscle fibres may play an important role. The appearance of class I MHC antigens on diseased muscle may make the affected tissue a target for cytotoxic T8 cells, and may thus have a role in muscle fibre damage in polymyositis and inclusion body myositis.]

Clinical Neuroscience

[Is there a relationship between CT morphology and the MMS scale achievements in patients with dementia?]

PÉK Márta, BARSI Péter, NAGY Zoltán

[An attempt is made to establish relationships between CT parameters and the achievements on the Mini Mental State (MMS) scale of patients suffering from various types of dementia. The results suggest that the Mini Mental State scores change together in Alzheimer's type of dementias, referring to the global deterioration of functions in contrast to the vascular type of dementias, where the scores on each item change independently of each other. In the combined examination of the two groups the parietal lobe and the volume of the ventricles showed mainly connection with the neuropsychological functions. ]

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Lege Artis Medicinae

[A short chronicle of three decades ]


[Hungarian professional periodicals started quite late in European context. Their publish­ing, editing and editorial philosophy were equally influenced by specific historical and political situations. Certain breaking points of history resulted in termina­tion of professional journals (War of In­de­pendence 1848-1849, First and Se­cond World Wars), however there were pe­riods, which instigated the progress of sciences and founding of new scientific journals. Both trends were apparent in years after the fall of former Hungarian regime in 1990. The structure of book and journal publishing has changed substantially, some publishers fell “victim” others started successfully as well. The latters include the then-established publishing house Literatura Medica and its own scientific journal, Lege Artis Me­di­cinae (according to its subtitle: New Hun­garian Medical Herald) issued first in 1990. Its appearance enhanced significantly the medical press market. Its scientific publications compete with articles of the well-established domestic medical journals however its philosophy set brand-new trends on the market. Concerning the medical community, it takes on its problems and provides a forum for them. These problems are emerging questions in health care, economy and prevention, in close interrelation with system of public health institutions, infrastructure and situation of those providing individual health services. In all of them, Lege Artis Medicinae follows consequently the ideas of traditional social medicine.]

Hypertension and nephrology

[Discussion forum]


Clinical Neuroscience

[I. Scientific Forum of the SOTE Department of Psychiatry]

Lege Artis Medicinae

[More pains of labour]


[No luck for the Hungarian Medical Chamber's Bureau draft law to discuss the draft law with MPs. About six months ago, the Social Affairs Committee wanted to put the draft on its agenda for debate, but was thwarted by the question of form, which was only apparently a question of form, but in fact of substance: if it is a draft law, who submitted it to the parliamentary committee. A professional body is not entitled to do that. On this basis, the Members did not wish to discuss it at the time - at least now, and let us be precise here! - the draft chamber bill. Since then, the Presidency of the Chamber has revised the drafting in a public debate, has thoroughly liberalised it and would have liked to present it to the Members of Parliament who are doctors, and discuss it, now wisely calling it a working document. Such a meeting is not a statutory forum, has no agenda, and is not intended to be a lobbying exercise in the good sense.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

[We heard in forums]


[The 1993 Social Security Budget Act and, as part of it, a series of provisions setting out the way forward for the reform of primary care and initiating the reform of specialised care. However, the government and ministerial decrees implementing the provisions and setting out the technical details are not yet known. Health professionals are still full of uncertainty and doubt. The time has come once again for forums in which the leaders of health policy - the authors of the laws and the drafters of the expected regulations - give presentations explaining and justifying what has already happened and informing about expected developments. At the same time, of course, they "sound out public opinion". The huge interest that greeted the speakers at the first forum of the "season" of the complementary event of the International Medical Technology Exhibition in the Theoretical Block of the SOTE Oradea Square, was not so much a sign of the organisers' success as of the doctors' lack of information, their uncertainty and their hunger for information.]