The Legacy of Tracy J Putnam and H. Houston Merritt

The Legacy of Tracy J Putnam and H. Houston Merritt : Modern Neurology in the United States

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Tracy Putnam and H. Houston Merritt co-discovered the effectiveness of Dilantin in controlling epilepsy, a dramatic find that is still invaluable today. Now, in this engaging volume, eminent neurologist Lewis P. Rowland, MD, tells the unique story of these two key figures and their outstanding contributions to science. Rowland reveals that Putnam was a brilliant and imaginative experimentalist, but he clashed with others-including powerful neurosurgeons-and ended up dying in relative obscurity. Merritt was the practical one, an observer, fact-collector and recorder, a practitioner of what is now called "evidence-based medicine". From his early days Merritt was a popular and remarkable diagnostician, and went on to be one of the most influential neurologists in the United States, a man who trained a generation of neurologists. As Dr. Rowland recounts this dual biography, he also sheds light on the origins of modern neurology, drug development, the growth of neuroscience and clinical investigation, academic anti-Semitism, the difficult struggle to translate basic science into clinical practice, the need for controls in therapeutic trials, and many other more

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  • Hardback | 176 pages
  • 157.48 x 238.76 x 20.32mm | 544.31g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 16 pp halftone plates
  • 0195379527
  • 9780195379525

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Lewis Rowland is one of the premier neurologists of the second half of the 20th century. In the 21st century he has added to his accomplishments by becoming a premier medical historian. In his current book The Legacy of Tracy J. Putnam and H. Houston Merritt: Modern Neurology in the United States, Rowland captures the essence of these two giants and describes how neurology evolved as a powerful science based clinical discipline not only at Columbia, and at Harvard, but throughout the United States. The book is a must read for anyone interested in understanding how individuals influence the history of events in science and in medicine. * Eric R. Kandel, MD, Nobel Laureate, Professor of Physiology & Cellular Biophysics, Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics, and Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY and author of In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind * The author tells the story beautifully, drawing contrasts between the two remarkable people who collaborated in the basic science component of the discovery and the clinical evaluation needed to bring Dilantin to the clinic. In telling this story, the author also describes vividly the early days in the evolution of neurology and psychiatry in the United States, including many tales regarding the leaders in both fields of the time. Easy to read, the book provides a lively narrative that will be comprehensible and compelling to both the lay public and the clinician or scientist. * Sid Gilman MD FRCP, William J. Herdman Distinguished University Professor of Neurology, Director, Michigan Alzheimer's, Disease Research Center, Department of Neurology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI * The Legacy of Tracy J. Putnam and H. Houston Merritt: Modern Neurology in the United States is a delight to read and will be both exciting and informative to neurologists, psychiatrists, and all with an interest in the history of neuroscience in the 20th century In so eloquently telling this story, "Bud" Rowland, one of Merritt's successors as Chair of Neurology at Columbia's Neurologic Institute, has documented much of the history of modern neurology and neuroscience. * John M. Freeman MD, Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics (emeritus), Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD * Dr. Lewis Rowland, distinguished neurologist, author, editor and teacher, has been a major leader in the extraordinary growth and development of Neurology from an arcane specialty to the explosive field of neuroscience over the past fifty years...Now, with the arrival of his latest book, The Legacy of Tracy J. Putnam and H. Houston Merritt: Modern Neurology in the Unjtied States, readers interested in the history of Neurology will welcome Dr. Rowland's insights into these two icons of 20th Century neurosurgery and neurology. Having spent the major years of his career at Columbia University Medical School, Dr. Rowland is uniquely qualified to tell this story. Readers will appreciate his lucid style and his analysis of these events and the individuals who led the way. * Robert A. Fishman MD, Department of Neurology, University of California, San Francisco, CA *show more

About Lewis P. Rowland

Lewis P. Rowland, MD, is Professor of Neurology and Chairman Emeritus at Columbia University; Attending Neurologist at New York Presbyterian Hospital; a Consultant at Harlem Hospital; editor of a bi-weekly newspaper, Neurology Today; and the editor since the Seventh Edition of Merritt's more

Table of contents

1. Dilantin: Their Great Achievement ; 2. Putnam, a True Boston Brahmin. ; 3. Boston City Hospital: Cradle of Neurology. ; 4. Putnam Moves to New York City ; 5. Putnam at the New York Neurological Institute ; 6. The Jewish Question ; 7. Putnam Establishes Columbia Neuroscience ; 8. Dilantin and Psychiatry ; 9. Putnam Gets the Boot ; 10. H.H. Merritt, Canny North Carolinian at Harvard and Columbia ; 11. Merritt Moves to New York and Flourishes at Two Hospitals ; 12. Putnam in California ; 13. Merritt's Last Daysshow more