COORDINATION AND GAIT is a topic covered in the Harrison's Manual of Medicine.

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  • The bare minimum: Test rapid alternating movements of the hands and feet, and the finger-to-nose maneuver. Observe the pt while he or she is walking along a straight line.

The ability to move the index finger accurately from the nose to the examiner’s outstretched finger and the ability to slide the heel of each foot from the knee down the shin are tests of coordination. Additional tests (drawing objects in the air, following a moving finger, tapping with index finger against thumb or alternately against each individual finger) may also be useful. The ability to walk normally, on a straight line (tandem walk), and to turn should all be observed.

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