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January 2008

Neurological Disorders: Public Health Challenges

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olafStÜveMD, PhD


World Health Organization, 218 pp, $36, ISBN 92-4-156336-2, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland, 2006.


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Arch Neurol. 2008;65(1):154. doi:10.1001/archneurol.2007.19

The recent publication of the World Health Organization (WHO) monograph Neurological Disorders: Public Health Challenges may mark a lasting change in the way health care planners view the prevention and treatment of disorders of the nervous system. It deserves to be read by neurologists and neuroscientists around the world.

When The Global Burden of Disease1was published by WHO and Harvard in 1996, its demonstration of the high prevalence and impact of diseases of the nervous system put neurology firmly at the center of global health planning. Its authors’ estimate that more than 10% of all deaths and disability are due to neurological disorders motivated WHO to start its Global Initiative on Neurology and Public Health, which

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