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January 1959

Critical Consideration of the Status of Neurology

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1959;81(1):1-4. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1959.02340130021001

It seems to me particularly opportune at this time to cast a critical glance at the functions and achievements of the American Neurological Association and to venture an opinion as to the future growth and development of the specialty which with considerable truth we may regard as the most scientific branch of clinical medicine. No other field has lent itself so well to the scientific correlation of signs and symptoms and clinical syndromes with anatomy and physiology and pathology. A survey at this time has special relevance now that neurology, like other medical sciences, has entered a new phase and has been for some time at a challenging crossroad. Such a survey is all the more necessary in view of the fact that much irresponsible talk is heard about the future of the neurological speciality. One need not be unduly concerned over the uncritical opinion of some who have the