The AAN Library Collection, held by the Bernard Becker Medical Library at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has acquired two significant neurology tomes. The rare 1913 classic on pediatric neurology, Die Erkenntniss und Heilung der Gehirnentzundung, des inneren Wasserkopfes und der Krampfkrankheiten im kindlichen Alter by Eduard Loebenstein Loebel, is one of the first books to address seizures in childhood, and includes a signed presentation letter from American neurologist Hans H. Reese, MD, to Francis Forster, MD, one of the founders of the AAN. Hughlings Jackson on aphasia and kindred affections of speech, by Sir Henry Head (1926), is a book reprint of articles from Brain, Parts I and II (1915), and is considered the most important work on aphasia in the English language.
The books are being cataloged continuously and are available through the Internet (Becker Library Book Catalog) and through the international Union Catalog, OCLC (FirstSearch, WorldCat). All the materials in the AAN collection are organized, processed, and easily retrievable for research. AAN members may use the collection by contacting Lilla Vekerdy, Librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (314) 362-4235.
The Academy also sponsors the H. Richard Tyler Award, which encourages historical research using the collection. The award is named in honor of the Tyler’s generous donation of books and artifacts to the collection. Winners of the award receive up to $1,200 for expenses in researching the history of neurology.