2011 Annual Meeting Section News

March 22, 2011


History of Neurology Section Courses

4SM.003 Archival Neurologic Films

Tuesday, 4/12, 6:30 AM – 8:30 AM

The visual nature of neurologic disease led early neurologists to film their patients, particularly those with abnormal movements. Filming continues to be an essential tool for neurologic diagnosis, follow-up, teaching, and research. A group of historically important films from around the world has been assembled for this program. Many of these provide important insights on neurological diagnosis and phenomenology that are relevant to neurological disorders that are commonly seen today. Diseases presented will include many neurologic disorders that are either extinct or not regularly seen, such as tabes dorsalis with dynamic Rombergism, lead encephalopathy, kuru, mercury poisoning, kernicterus, and deficiency diseases in prisoners of war. Films from the Denny Brown collection will be reviewed, including documentation of the initial experience with British antilewisite therapy in Wilson disease. Materials from the Movement Disorder Society/Movement Disorders archives will be shown. The historical clips will be viewed with a brief discussion of the person or disease under study followed by faculty and open group discussions. The current day relevance of the clips will be discussed. Some historically controversial cases will be reviewed and discussed. Participants who have archival material of interest are encouraged to contact the program director at Douglas Lanska, MD, VA Medical Center, 500 East Veterans St., Tomah, WI 54660, by email at douglas.lanska@med.va.gov or via fax at (608) 372-61240 by March 1, 2011, for consideration of their films as part of the program.

6PC.003 History of Neurology: Legacy and Training Style of Major Schools of Neurology

Wednesday, 4/14, 2:15 PM – 6 PM

The major schools of neurology of the late 1800s and early 1900s—Queen Square and the British school of Neurology, Charcot and the French School of Neurology, Wernicke and Meynert and early Germanic and Austrian Neurology, Kozhevnikov and the Moscow School of Neurology, as well as Denny Brown and Boston City Neurology in the United States—left a stamp on the way neurology has been practiced for generations. These schools represented different styles of neurology and were influenced by different frameworks of scientific thinking. Through the practitioners and scientists they trained, these schools had a far?reaching influence on the study of neurological disease throughout the world. The styles of neurology and theoretical frameworks associated with these schools continue to influence both the practice of neurology and how we ask questions about neurological disease. This course will explore why these schools had such an impact, the specific teachers and styles of neurological evaluation practiced at these schools, how trainees were supported and mentored, and the legacy that the trainees left in relation to the style of thinking they were taught. The course will also provide a window into places in which more time could be taken for patient evaluation, in which neurologists were often knowledgeable about vast areas of neurology, and in which some of the lasting distinctions between aspects of neurological disease were made.

General Section Meeting Has Been Scheduled

The History of Neurology General Section meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, April 13th, from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. When the room assignments are finalized, an email will go out with the information. Beverages will be provided. There will be free boxed lunches available in the Exhibit Hall if you want to stop by there before the meeting. Please save the date!

Section Executive Committee Open Positions

There are two open positions on the Executive Committee. These two positions are the Councilor position currently held by Calixto Machado, MD, PhD, FAAN and the Chair Elect position currently held by Heidi Roth, MD. Watch for an online voting invitation that should come sometime in February.