The neurologic examination begins with careful observation of the patient entering the examination area and continues during history taking. The patient should be assisted as little as possible, so that difficulties in function can become apparent. The patient’s speed, symmetry, and coordination while moving to the examining table are noted, as are posture and gait. The patient’s demeanor, dress, and responses provide information about mood and social adaptation. Abnormal or unusual speech, use of language, or praxis; neglect of space; unusual posturing; and other disorders of movement may be apparent before formal testing.