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January 2000

John Hughlings Jackson: Father of English Neurology

Arch Neurol. 2000;57(1):138-139. doi:

It is difficult to resist a book that contains such passages as "When passing judgement on the merits of work which is conspicuously implausible and yet argued dramatically, it is well to examine the personality of the critic" (on Bastien's criticism of Jackson's theory of aphasia). Jackson's writings resembled "the love of God, in that it passeth all understanding" (a friendly critic).

This book is an account of the life of John Hughlings Jackson (1835-1911), who had little formal education and yet by virtue of his intellect became the outstanding British neurologist of the 19th century. He achieved this despite never having held a university appointment. Written by the eminent British neurologist, Macdonald Critchley, in his 97th year, and his wife, this thorough, well-researched, and stimulating book traces Jackson's life and medical contributions.