Extracts from WFN World Neurology

Sleeping Sickness: Africa’s ‘Neglected Disease’

29 Oct 2020

[Published October 2009 in World Neurology Vol 24 No. 5]

Human African trypanosomiasis, which is also known as sleeping sickness, is a major killer disease in 36 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, where 60 million people are at risk for the disease and up to 50,000 people die annually from the infection. Every aspect of the disease—diagnosis, staging, therapy, follow-up—presents a unique challenge.

The Practice of Neurology in Mongolia

25 Sep 2020

[Published September 2008 in World Neurology Vol 23 No. 3]

Training has been cut from 2 years to 1 year; residents are unsalaried; exams are not standardised. We hope our geographical, cultural, and climatic conditions will not be a barrier for expanding our foreign relationships, and we continue to makes strides to improve our neurologic services in Mongolia. 

Critical Minds on the Brain in the 17th Century

28 Aug 2020

[Published 13 September 2019 in World Neurology Vol 34 No.46]

A number of medical students of human and animal bodies in the 17th century demonstrated a critical attitude toward the knowledge that was taught in books and by their teachers. Although inspired by the new mechanistic or iatrophysical physiology of René Descartes (1596-1650), they not only questioned the anatomical and physiological views of previous generations of anatomists and physicians (including Thomas Willis), but also Descartes’ own ideas.

Young African Neurologists’ Message and Point of View

31 Jul 2020

[Published July 2016 in World Neurology Vol 31 No. 4]

Africa is, in terms of population, the second most populous continent in the world, and one on which high population and economic growth forecasts are announced. For a long time, health resources in general and neurological care remained very limited. 

Neurosciences in 2025 – a Peep Into the Future

26 Jun 2020

[Published June 2000 in World Neurology Vol 15 No. 2]

How will our world be in 2025? For a starter, the number of centenarians would be twenty times more. 15 to 20% of the population of several countries will be octogenarians.

Overcoming Untreated Epilepsy in the Developing World: the Way Forward

29 May 2020

[Published May 2016 in World Neurology Vol31 No. 3]

The economic impact of untreated epilepsy is formidable in all societies. Many untreated epilepsy patients remain unemployable, especially if local attitudes consider it to be a contagious disease, a mental illness, or a demonic possession. Thus, they are removed as contributors to the economy. Even if they are poor and have minimum wage jobs, this still adds up to a substantial amount of money loss because of the millions affected.

The History of the World Federation of Neurology

24 Apr 2020

[Published April 2014 in World Neurology Vol 29 No. 2]

In 1956,two Americans Houston Merritt and Pearce Bailey Jr. proposed a world neurological federation at a meeting of the American Academy of Neurology. 

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

27 Mar 2020

[Published March 2014 in World Neurology Vol 29 No. 2]

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?

Apparent Death and Coma in the 18th Century

28 Feb 2020

[Published February 2015 in World Neurology Vol 30 No. 1]

Coma has been a phenomenon of interest for physicians as well as laypeople through the ages and was associated chiefly with stroke (“apoplexy”) and trauma1. One chapter in the history of coma has two extraordinary perspectives, notably coma following drowning and the fear of being buried alive, which played a role particularly during the late 18th century.

Global Neurology: Lessons Learned From Cambodia

31 Jan 2020

[Published January 2016 in World Neurology Vol 31 No. 1]

In my many trips to Cambodia in the last decade as a solo volunteer, I realized there are no short-term volunteer opportunities for neurology clinical care, unlike other specialties, such as emergency medicine, paediatrics and surgery. No neurology outpatient clinics or inpatient specialized programs existed until recently. There were only three neurologists in the country reported in 2012 (Loo, 2012). 

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