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History of Neurology: Neurology was there
September 2000

1870: Neurology in a Changing World

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Neurology, University of Wisconsin Medical School, Madison.



Arch Neurol. 2000;57(9):1367-1369. doi:10.1001/archneur.57.9.1367

The pace of progress in the neurosciences and in clinical neurology was accelerating toward the end of the 19th century, yet neurology in 1870 was still in an early developmental stage. The significance of muscle stretch reflexes in the clinical diagnosis of neurologic diseases was not yet realized; the spinal tap and the utility of spinal fluid examination were unknown; and no imaging of any kind other than medical art and photography was available. The year 1870 was one of strife and unrest in most parts of the world, but it was also a year studded with events that promised a brighter future. In fledgling form, Neurology Was There.

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