Among the syndromes to which the student of neurology is quite early exposed is the Foster Kennedy syndrome or sign. Agreement as to what constitutes the actual syndrome and what are the common causes of it does not exist; therefore, we felt a historical review of the syndrome, including a definition, was pertinent. Prior to a discussion of the syndrome, we review the life of Robert Foster Kennedy, MD.
Robert Foster Kennedy (Figure) was born in Belfast, Ireland, on Feb 7, 1884. His grandfather was a professor at the Royal University of Ireland, Belfast. One of his cousins was Field Marshall Sir John Dill. Foster Kennedy, as he preferred to be called, graduated from Queens College, Belfast, and received his MD from the Royal University of Ireland in 1906. Shortly after receiving his MD, he was appointed resident house officer at the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases, Queens
Massey EW, Schoenberg B. Foster Kennedy Syndrome. Arch Neurol. 1984;41(6):658–659. doi:10.1001/archneur.1984.04210080066016