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Books, Journals, New Media
October 26, 2005


Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; Journal Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia Campus, Virginia Commonwealth University.

JAMA. 2005;294(16):2097-2098. doi:10.1001/jama.294.16.2097

Houston Merritt practiced neurology in an era when high technology consisted of keen acumen, an inquisitive mind, and a prodigious memory. Equipped with little more than a rubber reflex hammer, several tuning forks, and a safety pin, Merritt succeeded in establishing diagnoses by eliciting detailed histories complemented with focused neurologic examinations.

In addition to being a consummate clinician, Merritt, writes Lewis Rowland, was “a singular leader whose career set models for clinical investigation . . . clinical practice, teaching, editing books and journals, administering medical schools and departments. . . . ” With Socratic pedagogy, he trained a generation of prominent neurologists who, in turn, have developed a worldwide lattice of neurology programs. We are fortunate that one of them, Rowland, a protégé and successor chairman of the Neurological Institute at Columbia University, has perpetuated Merritt’s Neurology.

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