RAYMOND B. BAUER, M.D.; NORMAN WECHSLER, M.D.; JOHN S. MEYER, M.D.
In 1959 Toole (1) reported the importance of the position of the head while performing the carotid compression test during electroencephalography. He theorized that vertebral artery compression due to turning of the head might account for a significant increase in electroencephalographic abnormalities during carotid compression when compared to performance of the test with the head in the neutral position. He argued cogently that such compression of the vertebral artery, combined with carotid compression, would make the brain more ischemic. It was postulated that vertebral arterial compression would be still another factor which might contribute to causing the so-called "cerebral form"
BAUER RB, WECHSLER N, MEYER JS. Carotid Compression and Rotation of the Head in Occlusive Vertebral Artery Disease: Relation to Carotid Sinus Sensitivity. Ann Intern Med. 1961;55:283–291. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-55-2-283
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