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July 6, 1994

Foundations of Modern Neurology: A Century of Progress

Author Affiliations

Harvard Medical School Beth Israel Hospital Boston, Mass

JAMA. 1994;272(1):75. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03520010093042

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Robert Aird is professor emeritus of neurology at the University of California, San Francisco. This book is a highly personal, eclectic collection of essays about an enormous number of clinical neuroscientists. Some will disagree with his choices, while others will decry his omissions. The essays embody fascinating historical and personal nuggets, many possibly apocryphal and some probably unfounded. They reveal as much about the author as about his subjects. Much of the charm of the book is due to the fact that all these prominent people were personal acquaintances of Dr Aird.

The book unquestionably fulfills the author's purpose, which is "to give recognition to that generation of neurologists and neuroscientists who firmly established modern neurology and its related fields as independent disciplines." It is a worthy successor to Webb Haymaker's famous The Founders of Neurology but differs because a number of the vignettes deal with individuals who are still

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