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World Neurology: Sept/Oct 2021, Volume 36, No. 4

Published: 3 Oct 2021



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From the editors

Steven L. Lewis, MD, Editor, and Walter Struhal, MD, Co-Editor

Steven L Lewis MDWalter Struhal MD

World Neurology - Sept/Oct 2020

We would like to welcome all neurologists worldwide to the September/October 2021 issue of World Neurology. The issue begins with the President's column, where WFN President Prof. Bill Carroll discusses the upcoming WCN, opening within days of the publication, and the important role of the WCN in the WFN.

Next, Kimberly Karlshoej, WFN strategy and program director, and on behalf of multiple contributors, updates us on the Intersectoral Global Action Plan (IGAP) on Epilepsy and Other Neurological Disorders of the WHO.

Prof. Wolfgang Grisold provides another informative report on the WFN Committees and Specialty Groups, with this issue's report providing us with an update on the Constitution & Bylaws Committee and the Neurosonology Specialty Group.

Prof. Gagandeep Singh and colleagues then discuss their recent publication of the India State-Level Disease Burden Initiative, reporting on the trends of the burden of neurological diseases across the states of India from 1990 to 2019.

Dr. Imane Hajjaj, from Morocco, provides us with a report of her successful and informative (pre-COVID-19) visit to Istanbul, Turkey, as part of the WFN Department Visit program. In this issue's History column, Prof. JMS Pearce discusses the development of the concept of the extrapyramidal system.

Next, María Jimena Alemán, a medical student from Guatemala, reviews the book One by One by One, by Dr. Aaron Berkowitz, about the author's experience providing muchneeded neurologic care in Haiti.

Finally, Dr. David Steinberg provides a heartfelt obituary, reprinted with permission from the Journal of the Neurological Sciences, on the life of Dr. George K. York III, neurologist and historian of neurology. •



President's Column

  • World Congress of Neurology XXV: It's Here
    By John D. England, Wolfgang Grisold and Juan J. Vilchez

    As we all know, this is our first virtual WCN. Although not in Rome, it is significantly Romeflavored. Attendees will enter the World Congress of Neurology through the colosseum. From the opening e-Spectacular of the Opening Ceremony, it is full of surprises. The welcome from the presidents of WCN, WFN, and SIN (Italian Neurology Society) recorded in one virtual room formed from green room studios in Milan and Perth is as realistic as if it were done in the one studio. The Opening Ceremony winds up with the outstanding singing voice of Maestro Andrea Bocelli, which he gave pro bono.

The WFN Committees and Speciaty Groups

  • The WFN Inside, Continued: The Constitution & Bylaws Committee and the Neurosonology Specialty Group
    By Wolfgang Grisold

    In this issue, we will introduce the Constitution & Bylaws Committee, chaired by Anna Hege Aamodt (Norway). This committee ensures that the constitution and bylaws are correct and updated. Conversely, the trustees, often as requested by members, consider to implement changes, which are first scrutinized by this committee for feasibility and practicalities before they are up for voting. From the WFN Speciality groups, Prof. Kurt Niederkorn will report on the activities of the Neurosonology Specialty Group.

From WFN

  • WFN and WHO Update
    By Kimberly Karlshoej on Behalf Of Alla Guekht, Wolfgang Grisold, Sam Wiebe, Helen Cross, Julie Hall, Martin Brodie, Mary Secco, Jo Wilmhurst, Michael Brainin, Claudia Trenkwalder, David Dodick, and Bill Carroll

    On Nov. 12, 2020, the WHO Executive Board accepted the recommendation of the World Health Assembly (WHA) to adopt Resolution WHA73.10. This resolution called for the development of an Intersectoral Global Action Plan (IGAP) to tackle epilepsy and other neurological disorders through comprehensive actions to detect, prevent, care, treat, and rehabilitate people with epilepsy and other neurological disorders, as well as ensuring their social, economic, educational, and inclusion needs.

WFN Department Visits

  • Report of Istanbul, Turkey Department Visit
    By Dr Imane Hajjaj

    I was reading a regular newsletter from World Federation of Neurology, when I saw the announcement of "The Department Visit." It stated that it was a one-month long visit, which suited me since it wasn't possible for me to stay away from my country more than this period. Therefore, I decided to participate in and subsequently applied for the Turkey offer.

Around the World

  • Estimating Subnational Neurological Disease Burden: A Worthwhile Mission
    By Gagandeep Singh, Mv Padma, Pramod Pal, Jeyaraj Pandian, Pn Sylaja, Suvarna Alladi, And Lalit Dandona

    The burden of neurological diseases as measured by disability adjusted life years (DALYs) and years of life lost is an invaluable piece of information for many. Among the many are health care policy makers, academic institutions, and neurological health care providers. The India State - Level Disease Burden Initiative recently published trends of the burden of neurological diseases across the states of India from 1990 to 2019.


  • Kinnier Wilson and the Extrapyramidal System: An 'Unknown Centrifugal Pathway'
    By Jms Pearce MD, FRCP

    In his De Humani Corporis Fabrica (1543), anatomically Andreas Vesalius distinguished the subcortical nuclei of the corpus striatum from the cortex and white matter, but he neither named them nor suggested their possible functions. The corpus striatum was named by Thomas Willis (1621–1675), (whose birth quatercentenary we celebrate this year) in Cerebri Anatome (1664). He believed it was the source of motor functions, a view that persisted for almost 200 years.

Book Review

  • Book Review: One by One by One - Aaron Berkowitz, MD, PhD
    By María Jimena Alemán

    Over this past year, we have all come to wonder what we can do to make a difference in the face of problems that seem so overwhelming. When we think about the scope of the pandemic and other global health issues, the devastating numbers are heart breaking, and it's easy to lose sight of the individual people and stories behind the statistics. In Aaron Berkowitz's new book, "One by One by One," he shares with us the lessons he learned as he tried to make a small difference by helping one individual at a time amid suffering measured in billions.

In Memoriam

  • George Kenneth York III
    David A. Steinberg

    George K. York III, neurologist, historian of neurology, and health care executive, was a skilled clinician, world-renowned historian, creative writer, and expert in finance and audit. He was a concerned and empathetic physician who saw his clinical role primarily as a patient advocate.