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January 2010

Raymond Adams: A Life of Mind and Muscle

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Robert Laureno, MD, 288 pp, $55, ISBN 019537908X, New York, New York, Oxford University Press, 2009.


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Arch Neurol. 2010;67(1):134-135. doi:10.1001/archneurol.2009.315

In 1992, Joseph Martin was president of the American Neurological Association. In an interview, he was asked to name the 3 most important figures in the history of American neurology. He chose Raymond Adams, Houston Merritt, and Derek Denny-Brown.

In the almost 2 decades since, that trio endures even as a new generation of leaders has emerged with new fields of research that include imaging, molecular genetics, and clinical neurophysiology. Some think that Adams was the most impressive of the 3, perhaps the greatest neurologist ever. He died in October 2008 at age 98 years. Now we are treated to a full-scale biography, largely in the question-and-answer format of an oral history. Adams participated in 50 interviews, mostly in 2002 and 2003. His famously prodigious memory seems to have been intact.

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