Extracts from WFN World Neurology

Africa’s Neurologist Shortage

30 Aug 2019

In 2004, only half of the countries in the African WHO region that communicated with the WHO had a national neurological association, and the number of specialists in neurology in Africa, at 0.03 per 100,000 population, is lower than in the other WHO regions.

Toward a More Meaningful WHO/WFN Relationship

26 Jul 2019

The WFN and WHO share a number of common features and have had useful collaborations in the recent past. Both organizations have a global perspective with regional organizations, parallel mission and goals, and the development of the Atlas of Neurology and the neurology section of the 11th revision of the International Classification of Disease (ICD11) to its present stage.

Palliative Care as a Human Right: Where Does the Neurologist Stand?

26 Jul 2019

The concept of early integration of palliative care has now fully reached the oncological world with the ASCO stating that all cancer patients should have access to palliative care.  So where is the relevant interest in neurology?

Over the Seas: Three 19th-Century Australia Neurologists

24 Jun 2019

During the final two decades of the 19th century three Australian men, born within a decade of one another, undertook the long sea voyage from Sydney to Britain to further their medical and neurological experience. Their subsequent careers followed rather different courses that manifest different patterns of interchange between the neurologies of Europe and the antipodes. They were pioneers of a career pattern that many Australian neurologists and neuroscientists followed during the 20th century while Australian neurology matured and increasingly became educationally self-sufficient.

Neurology in South Africa [2006]

28 May 2019

Neurology as a separate specialty started developing in this country in the 1950s and 1960s when various doctors received neurological training in the USA, the UK, and the Netherlands. There are probably a little over 100 neurologists in practice in the country. These neurologists serve a population of approximately 48 million people.

An American in Paris (and Other European Cities)

28 Apr 2019

The history of neurology in South America has its roots in 1885, when the Hospital San Roque de Buenos Aires initiated its Nervous Diseases Service. Its first director was Dr. José María Ramos Mejía, a writer, sociologist, scientist, and outstanding public citizen.

The Case for Biennial World Congresses

1 Apr 2019

The 19th World Congress of Neurology in Bangkok, Thailand, in October this year, will be the last of its kind.

The Pioneers of Neurology in South America

26 Feb 2019

The history of neurology in South America has its roots in 1885, when the Hospital San Roque de Buenos Aires initiated its Nervous Diseases Service. Its first director was Dr. José María Ramos Mejía, a writer, sociologist, scientist, and outstanding public citizen.

Eponymous Women in Neurology

30 Jan 2019

The term eponym is derived from the Greek words epi- “sur” and onima “name.” It is hardly possible to imagine daily life without eponyms, although we are not always aware of using them. Just think of diesel engine, pasteurized milk, degrees Fahrenheit or Celsius, to name a few. Eponyms are found in nearly all sciences, including mathematics, astronomy, physics, chemistry, geography, paleontology, and botany (to mention a few: Pythagoras, Gödel, Fourier analysis, Avogadro).

 
 
 

World Congress of Neurology Through the Years

28 Dec 2018

The World Congress of Neurology (WCN) is the jewel in the calendar of the World Federation of Neurology (WFN). It is the major educational effort of the WFN. 

 
 

AFAN Brings New Era in African Neurology

28 Nov 2018

It was a momentous day in the history of African neurology. For more than 40 years, the continental neuroscience organization was an amalgamation of neurologists and neurosurgeons. With the formation of AFAN, the sixth chain of the WFN regional organizations is now complete.

 
 

25 Years of Russian-German Neurological Cooperation

12 Nov 2018

On April 6-7 2017, the Association for Promotion of German-Russian Cooperation in Neurology held a meeting on Diseases of the Nervous System — Mechanisms and Treatment, in Moscow, celebrating the 25th anniversary of German-Russian cooperation in Neurology. The association, whose name was later changed to the Russian-German Neurological Society, is perhaps not well known in global neurology but played an important role in the first period after the European system shifts of 1989-1990. 

 
 

Bringing Back Neurology Following WWII

18 Oct 2018

World War II drew to a close in Europe on May 8, 1945. Many institutes for brain research, psychology, and psychiatry of the former Kaiser Wilhelm Society (KWG) were destroyed. Numerous scientists and scholars had died or were forced into exile in America, Britain, and elsewhere around the globe, where they found new working environments after the Nazis had seized political power 12 years before.

 
 
 

Receiving “the Call” From the Nobel Committee

26 Aug 2018

“I thought it was some student calling as a prank. I wasn’t too polite. But after the third call I was convinced. I hope the guys who called will accept my apologies.” (Hendrickson et al, 1965).