Extracts from WFN World Neurology

Peripheral Nerve Injuries During World War I

30 Apr 2021

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

This column on historical aspects of international relationships in the neurosciences usually deals with forms of international cooperation. Exactly 100 years ago, not only political relations collapsed; scientific relationships followed, even though some scientists hoped that their relations would remain above the cataclysm.

Pediatric Neurology in Africa

26 Mar 2021

[Published April 2015 in World Neurology Vol 30 No. 2] 

Doctors trained in the management of child neurology conditions are lacking in Africa. Epilepsy is one of the major disease burdens in the continent and training in this area is even more scarce.

Piecing Together Electricity's Role in Nerve Function

26 Feb 2021

[Published February 2012 in World Neurology Vol 27 No. 1]

As far back as the second century AD, the Alexandrian physician Galen suggested that animal spirits drove nerve function, and that view – that the animal spirits were a volatile substance that flowed through hollow nerves and caused muscles to move – prevailed until the late 18th century.

The Lagos Experience

29 Jan 2021

[Published Jan/Feb 2018 in World Neurology Vol 33 No. 1]

The level of confidence that comes from knowing that one is learning from global experts, and the knowledge is at par with what other neurologists globally are learning, is a boost to the confidence of our trainees and ourselves.

WHO calls for global action plan to combat epilepsy and other neurologic disorders

25 Dec 2020

[Published November 2020 in World Neurology Vol 35 No. 5]

The decision by the World Health Assembly (WHA) on Nov. 12, 2020, to adopt Resolution WHA73.10 is a landmark event. Although the WFN has been closely involved with neurological activities within, and related to, the WHO, the call for the development of global action plans to combat epilepsy and (importantly) neurological disorders, is a first.

How Does the WCN Enhance Regions?

27 Nov 2020

[Published November 2016 in World Neurology Vol 31 No. 6]

The World Congress of Neurology (WCN) is the major event for a host society and is as important for the regions. There is no doubt that in each of the last four congresses the impact on the regions was positive, but to a varying degree as expected. This is one of the main reasons for holding congresses in rotation across continents.

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. 

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