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January 4, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVI(1):10-14. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430530010001d

Some experience in post-graduate teaching has convinced me that the rank and file of the profession pretty generally believe that neurology consists mainly of an intricate tissue of technicalities which only neurologists can understand, if, indeed, the subject is not past all understanding. It ought to be said that this remark applies more properly to students who passed through college, say. prior to seven or eight years ago than to those who are now passing through; because the science has now advanced so far that much of what before was speculation and hypothesis is now susceptible of demonstration, and both student and teacher have shown a correspondingly increased interest. This has been all the greater, because as the science has unfolded, its importance in medicine has been more and more recognized and appreciated.

It is the purpose of this paper not to trace the science of neurology, step by step,