A comprehensive questionnaire survey of undergraduate teaching of clinical neurology in the United Kingdom has demonstrated the following points. Eight of the 28 medical schools do not provide a clinical attachment for all students. Clinical attachments tend to be either full time for four weeks or part time for six weeks. Students' exposure to sufficient patients with the common neurological conditions, with chronic neurological disability and particularly with acute neurological emergencies, is often deficient. Clinically based teaching, in the ward and clinic, remains highly valued. Neurological teaching tends to fail in schools where the ratio of clinical students to neurology consultants is greater than 28:1.
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