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February 2002

Neurological Eponyms

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Arch Neurol. 2002;59(2):320. doi:

edited by Peter J. Koehler, George W. Bruyn, and John M. S. Pearce, 386 pp, Oxford, England, University Press, 2000.

This book was a delightful surprise and would be a worthwhile addition to any neurologist's library. It consists of a series of autobiographical sketches of the people whose names have been given to common syndromes, structures, reflexes, and diseases. The format is similar to and compliments Founders of Neurology—a classic book in the field of neurology and a much-referred-to work. While many books are dated very quickly and as such are not worth the investment, this one will be useful during a reader's entire professional career. The editors' intents were to educate and entertain. They picked 55 eponyms and asked contributing authors to write a short biography and discuss the original or key publication as well as the evolution and significance of the eponym. The sections are surprisingly uniform and clearly show the editors' strong hand in delivering their stated goal.

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