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July 1956

Grosse Nerven Aerzte: 21 Lebensbilder

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1956;76(1):75. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1956.02330250077011

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This book contains rather complete biographical sketches of 21 "nerve doctors." It is heavily weighted with psychiatrists—there are 11 of them—this is not surprising, since the editor is a psychiatrist who heads the clinic that was formerly Kraepelin's. Besides the psychiatrists, there are four clinical neurologists, three neurosurgeons, and three nonclinical laboratory men.

Again, as one would expect, most of the great doctors are Germans (Berger, Bonhoeffer, Erb, Foerster, Griesinger, Gudden, Jaspers, Kraepelin, and Rieger); two, Austrians (Freud and Wagner-Jauregg); two, Swiss (Bleuler and Jung); two, English (Jackson and Sherrington); two, French (Charcot and Pinel), and one each, American (Cushing), Spanish (Ramón y Cajal), Portuguese (Egas Moniz), and Russian (Pavlov).

Most of the sketches have been written by men who were assistants to those of whom they wrote and others by medical historians. The results are very good but a bit irregular in excellence. Most of the articles tell of