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May 2002

NINDS at 50

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Arch Neurol. 2002;59(5):872-873. doi:

by Lewis P. Rowland, MD, National Institutes of Health, NINDS Publication 01-4161, October 2001, 326 pages. Single copies may be obtained by writing Roberta Wilson, NINDS, Bldg 31, Room 8A06, Bethesda, MD 20892.

Lewis P. Rowland, MD, professor of neurology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (New York, NY), was asked in 1999 by Gerald D. Fischbach, MD, who was then director of the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke (NINDS), to write a history of NINDS in honor of its 50th anniversary in 2001. Rowland was the natural choice for this endeavor. His professional life began in 1950 with his training at the Neurological Institute of New York (New York City) with H. Houston Merritt, MD, who was a major advocate for the establishment of a neurological institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) (Bethesda, Md), which coincided with the birth of the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Blindness (NINDB). He was one of the first investigators with a medical degree to work in the intramural NINDB laboratory of Seymour Kety, MD, and was in the first group of clinical associates (in 1953) at NINDB to work with Milton Shy, MD, the intramural clinical director. He was a funded investigator by NINDB and its successor, NINDS, for more than 40 years. Rowland served on the NINDS Training Committee, on site visit teams, on its Board of Scientific Counselors, and on the National Advisory Council of NINDS. His writing and editorial skills are legendary; he served on many editorial boards of neurology journals and as editor-in-chief of Neurology, the official journal of the American Academy of Neurology (St Paul, Minn). For all of these reasons, Rowland was a wonderful choice for this undertaking and the result is spectacular.

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