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History of Neurology: Neurology was there
September 2000

Neurology Was There: 1929The End of a Roaring Decade of Neurology

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Neurology and Brain Institute, University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.



Arch Neurol. 2000;57(9):1370-1373. doi:10.1001/archneur.57.9.1370

The year 1929 marked the end of the Roaring Twenties, a colorful decade filled with jazz, the flapper, motion pictures, and radio. Herbert Hoover occupied the White House, and the world helplessly watched the American stock market tumble, setting in motion the Great Depression. Violent mob wars and the St Valentine's Day massacre made names like Al Capone and "Machine Gun" McGurn commonplace in every household. Mies Van der Rohe's international style of architecture became the modern contemporary look for American society. Also, 1929 marked the end of a decade of great discovery and innovation in neurology and the neurosciences. The myelogram, angiogram, electroencephalogram (EEG), and electromyogram were all introduced in a span of less than 10 years. In 1929, acetylcholine was isolated, and the first human EEG was performed. That same year, on July 1, the New York Times published an article on the baseball giant, Ty Cobb, quoting Professor G. Kato (Figure 1): "it is not Ty Cobb's batting eye, or Bobby Jones's master touch or Thurston's slight [sic] of hand, but the brain that makes the difference."1 Throughout this roaring decade, in the laboratory, hospital, and the public eye, Neurology Was There.

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