February 16, 1990

A History of Stroke: Its Recognition and Treatment

Author Affiliations

New England Medical Center Hospitals Boston, Mass

New England Medical Center Hospitals Boston, Mass


by William S. Fields and Noreen A. Lemak, 211 pp, with illus, $35, ISBN 0-19-505755-4, New York, NY, Oxford University Press, 1989.

JAMA. 1990;263(7):1017. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03440070105046

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In any field, it is difficult to know where you are going unless you know where you have been. A History of Stroke is most timely. Interest, research, and knowledge about cerebrovascular disease and stroke patients have increased exponentially within the past 35 years. The history is brief enough to be reasonably digestible. Most of the contributions occurred within the lifetime and recall of the senior author, Dr Bill Fields, and his long-time associate, collaborator, and coauthor, Dr Noreen Lemak. Dr Fields has himself contributed much to the field of stroke and has been a very active principal, observer, and interpreter of this rapidly changing scene.

This is a concise, 200-page account published as a hardbound, compact book that easily fits into a laboratory coat pocket or a handbag. The volume begins with a short chapter summarizing early stroke history from Hippocrates (400 BC) to Ramsey Hunt (1915). Then various