History of Neurology: Neurology was there
October 1998

Neurology Was There in 1865

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Neurology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Mass, and Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, Mass.




Copyright 1998 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1998

Arch Neurol. 1998;55(10):1370-1371. doi:10.1001/archneur.55.10.1370

In 1865 Americans saw the end of the Civil War, and their president, Abraham Lincoln, was assassinated. Slavery was abolished by the Thirteenth Amendment. The Atlantic cable linking Europe and the United States was completed. Bismarck and Napoleon III had a meeting resulting in Prussian supremacy in Germany. Lister had shown that antiseptic surgery was feasible and great surgical advances were made possible. Maxwell published his treatise defining the laws that related electricity to magnetism. Mendel's laws of heredity were formulated, and Pasteur saved the silk industry by curing silkworm disease. Alice in Wonderland was written by Lewis Carroll; Twain, Whitman, Homer, Inness, Wagner, and Rimsky-Korsakov all added to our cultural heritage.

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