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April 1987

An Introduction to Harvard Neurology

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Neurology, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and the Mayfield Neurological Institute, Cincinnati.

Arch Neurol. 1987;44(4):450-451. doi:10.1001/archneur.1987.00520160080019

After completing the first ever psychiatric residency at the Cincinnati General Hospital (called "Neurology," although the bulk of the work was psychiatry as we know it), I repaired to the Boston City Hospital (BCH) to what I considered the best neurologic program in the country. Under Stanley Cobb the staff was a fascinating galaxy, including Abraham Myerson, William G. Lennox, Frank Fremont-Smith, H. Houston Merritt, Paul I. Yakovlev, Maxwell E. MacDonald, William J. Herman, Frederick A. Gibbs, Merrill Moore, Henry S. Forbes, Donald Munro, and Tracy J. Putnam. Putnam was a pupil of Harvey Cushing. The latter was ensconced across town at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital. Stanley Cobb also had been on Cushing's house staff during his training. Dr Cushing was a leading figure in Harvard medicine and the doyen of neurosurgery.

With several of my peers, I began neurologic residency training in Boston on a holiday, Jan 1.

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