Extracts from WFN World Neurology

An American in Paris (and Other European Cities)

26 Apr 2019

[Published April 2011 in World Neurology Vol 26 No. 2]

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

29 Mar 2019

[Published April 2009 in World Neurology Vol 24 No. 2]

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

22 Feb 2019

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

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

25 Jan 2019

[Published August 2017 in World Neurology Vol 32 No. 4]

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

[Published December 2018 in World Neurology Vol 33 No. 6]

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

29 Nov 2018

[Published October 2015 in World Neurology Vol 30 No. 5]

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

25 Oct 2018

[Published August 2017 in World Neurology Vol 32 No. 5]

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

28 Sep 2018

[Published October 2017 in World Neurology Vol 32 No. 5]

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

[Published July 2018 in World Neurology Vol 33 No. 3]

“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).

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