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June 1959


AMA Arch Intern Med. 1959;103(6):981-990. doi:10.1001/archinte.1959.00270060133019

The year 1958 brought to us whose main interest is the brain two grievous losses. J. Godwin Greenfield, the great neuropathologist, of Queen Square, London, died in Washington, D. C., and Karl S. Lashley, the distinguished Harvard psychologist, died in France. Greenfield was the dean of neuropathologists, in the international sense, and was for years the Dean, in fact, of the School of Neurology at the National Hospital, Queen Square. Here a generation of rising neurologists has looked up to him as a great teacher and a lovable, kindly man. As pathologist of the hospital for over 30 years he accumulated a vast experience. He was not only a pathologist but a good clinical neurologist who understood diseases of the nervous system in their broad, biological setting—physiological, genetic, and clinical, as well as histological. He died while working at the National Institute for Neurological Diseases and Blindness, at Bethesda, Md.,

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