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June 18, 1982

A History of American Neurology

Author Affiliations

Veterans Administration Medical Center Nashville, Tenn


by Russell N. DeJong, 157 pp, 31 illus, $17.50, New York, Raven Press, 1982.

JAMA. 1982;247(23):3266-3267. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320480072033

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As editor of a major neurological journal and chairman of a university neurology department for many years, Dr DeJong is more than qualified to write this history of American clinical neurology. After a brief introduction to American medicine as it existed in the 18th and 19th centuries, DeJong examines the cofounders of American neurology, Silas Weir Mitchell and William A. Hammond. He describes the founding of the American Neurological Association in 1875 and the New York Neurological Institute in 1909. A separate chapter charts the development of medical publications related to diseases of the nervous system. The book concludes with the changes of the 20th century, including new societies, military neurology, and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

At least half the pages of the book are taken up by innumerable brief biographical statements consisting of a neurologist's name in bold print, his dates of birth and death in