Extracts from WFN World Neurology

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. 

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). 

A Failed Bid to Revive the Early Brain Commission

3 Jan 2020

[Published December 2011 in World Neurology Vol 26 No. 6]

In 1929, the Swedish neurologist Salomon Henschen (1847-1930), known for his research in aphasia and the retinal and cortical optic system, planned an Academia Neurologica Internationalis to promote cooperation between international neuroscientists.

Implications of the AHA/ASA Updated Definition of Stroke for the 21st Century

29 Nov 2019

[Published July 2018 in World Neurology Vol 28 No. 4]

Stroke was defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) more than 40 years ago. In 2009, the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) published a scientific statement redefining transient ischemic attack (TIA).

WFN, WHO Take on ICD-10 Revisions (2009)

19 Oct 2019

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

Collaboration between the World Federation of Neurology and the World Health Organization has moved into the important area of disease classification. Although systems of disease classification were begun as early as the 18th century, since its founding in 1946 the WHO has been responsible for preparing and updating the International Lists of Diseases and Causes of Death (ICD). In fact, the ICD is more than 100 years old, making it older than the WHO. One of the WHO's earliest official actions was to approve the ICD-6.


President's Column – September 2000 World Neurology

27 Sep 2019

[Published August 2000 in World Neurology Vol 15 No. 3]

Continuing efforts by volunteers among our global membership, the reorganization of the Bye-Laws and Statutes, and a task force to produce a strategic plan for future activities of the Research Group on Organisation and Delivery of Neurological Services, and seeds of formation of the World Federation of Neurology Neuroethics Committee.

Africa’s Neurologist Shortage

30 Aug 2019

[Published August 2012 in World Neurology Vol 27 No. 4]

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

[Published September 2018 in World Neurology Vol 33 No. 4]

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

[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?

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