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Book and Media Reviews
February 27, 2008

The Interface of Neurology & Internal Medicine

JAMA. 2008;299(8):960-961. doi:10.1001/jama.299.8.960

José Biller, the editor of The Interface of Neurology & Internal Medicine, suggests in the preface that “neurology is closer to internal medicine than any other specialty. . . . Justifiably, neurologists are reverting back to their role as internists of the nervous system,” a view that many contemporary neurologists and internists share. It was not so long ago that neurology worked to establish its independence as a specialty from both internal medicine and psychiatry. This is best illustrated by a comment from the late neurologist Francis Forster, one of the founding “Four Horsemen” of the American Academy of Neurology, on the status of neurology as a specialty just after World War II: