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January 1989

Training of the Neurologist for the 21st Century

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Neurology and Neurological Surgery (Neurology), Washington university School of Medicine, St Louis.

Arch Neurol. 1989;46(1):21-22. doi:10.1001/archneur.1989.00520370023012

The worst cost of the new-fangled modes of computerized literature search is the best pleasure of literacy, browsing. By the old-fashioned process of turning tattered pages, I came upon a SPECIAL ARTICLE entitled "Training of the Neurologist," by F. M. R. Walshe,1 MD, FRCP, in the 1933 volume of the Archives of Neurology and Psychiatry. When I suggested to the chief editor that its republication would display to modern readers a persuasive and better written product than any current offering, he excepted only his own editorials. He was skeptical as to whether it is possible any longer even to housebreak, much less train a neurologist, but he did invite me to write an article and to "quote [Walshe] extensively."

Walshe's persuasive Shavian rhetoric demonstrates the inevitable risk of educating an Irishman to spell and write English. (Homologous proud afflictions of leadership in American Neurology are professors Joseph M. Foley

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