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No history of neurology can fail to give Hughlings Jackson a place among the great. Why this should be so would be easy to explain had he unearthed a panacea or mined a single perfect gem. His gift, however, was a subtle one, for it guided thought into new channels, and even today the penetrating surmise of this clinical philosopher continues to provide the modern student of the nervous system with constructive hypothesis.
Never an experimentalist, he was satisfied with the belief that "there is no part of the nervous system that is not experimented on by disease." His raw material was a body of facts, facts that were gathered by himself or picked with care from the work of others. These he bound together and integrated into broad concepts which form a large part of present knowledge of the nervous system and its workings. Where they have failed as
McEACHERN D. JOHN HUGHLINGS JACKSON 1835-1911. Arch NeurPsych. 1935;33(3):636–642. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1935.02250150186016
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