John Hughlings Jackson: Father of English Neurology (Contemporary Neurology Series (Cloth))

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This book traces the life and scientific career of Dr. John Hughlings Jackson (1835-1911), the English physician who pioneered the development of neurology as a medical specialty during the reign of Queen Victoria. Jackson made a number of scientific discoveries in several areas of higher nervous activity and language, and contributed greatly to the study of various types of epilepsy. He isolated the form of epilepsy associated with localized convulsive seizures, known as Jacksonian epilepsy. His research on epilepsy stretched across a broad spectrum and included uncinate attacks, intellectual aurae, and many other manifestations, which are now collectively covered by the term temporal lobe epilepsy. He was also among the first to recognize the pattern of disease of the cerebellum.
Jackson's research was not limited to epilepsy, and encompassed studies in aphasia and neuro-ophthalmology. Following the concepts of the philosopher Herbert Spencer, Jackson devised a hierarchy of the nervous system with positive and negative manifestations of neurological activity. His work was based on a detailed, insightful evaluation of the clinical symptoms of diseases of the brain, coupled with meticulous, repeated studies of their phenomena. Jackson's observations of localized brain lesions led to the first cases of neurosurgical ablation of brain tumours. Much of his original work still forms the foundation of our contemporary understanding of the dissolution of language caused by disease.
A straightforward, comprehensive account of the life of an eminent physician, John Hughlings Jackson: Father of English Neurology is written as a monument to a man who aroused the deepest respect and affection in his students and colleagues. Neurologists, neurosurgeons, psychiatrists, pathologists, neuroscientists, residents and medical students will find this book a source of inspiration, and will relish its rare description of medicine in 19th century England.

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Macdonald Critchley (1900-1997), C.B.E., M.D., F.R.C.P., F.A.C.P. (Hon.), spent his professional life as a neurologist at the renowned National Hospital, Queen Square and Kings College Hospital, London. He was a former president of the World Federation of Neurology, and the author of over 200 published articles on neurology and 20 books, including The Parietal Lobes, Aphasiology, and biographies of James Parkinson and Sir William Gowers.
Eileen A. Critchley was trained in physics and mathematics. She was her husband's researcher and clinical assistant for over 30 years.

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" This biography will be of special interest to all neuroscientists and provides vivid clinical descriptions of English medicine and neurology during the latter part of the 19th Century, at a time when diagnostic reason prevailed." Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences (May 2000)

"This remarkable book was finished in his ninety-seventh year by Macdonald Critchly, one of the greatest of the twentieth century neurologists, with the collaboration of his wife. It is...an informal summary of Jackson's contributions to neurological subjects and evaluation of these
contributions by scholars both of his time and later...it also includes a personal biography."--Doody's Journal

"The Critchley's biography is a straightforward and comprehensive account of Jackson's life, which should interest all physicians who enjoy medical history, particularly those whose practice is in the neurological sciences."--Journal of the American Medical Association

"The pleasure of John Hughlings Jackson comes from the Critchleys' fondness for the man. He was clearly an intriguing and endearing character."--Times Literary Supplement

"This is a fascinating historical document about one of the giants of English neurology, extensively researched and written by authors whose life and experience uniquely qualify them to provide a detailed and touching account of the life of this great man....it is humbling to read about the
achievements of a man whose only tools were his powers of observation and obsessive and detailed recording of what he saw in his daily practice and his ability to recognise clinical patterns of disease....I very much enjoyed reading this work which provides an authorative account of one of the
founding fathers of our trade and would recommend it to neurologists young and old."--Neil Robertson, Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry

"This recording of the life of Jackson goes a considerable way to explaining...why he was held in such high esteem. This book is not only a record of the man: the history of neurology itself might, to borrow from Thomas Carlyle, be considered to be the biography of the great neurologists, and
this book also serves to explain the impact that the philosophical, imaginative and perceptive thinking of Hughlings Jackson had on the speciality itself in its earliest days....Aside from fulfilling its aim in recording his life and achievements this book is very entertaining...I thoroughly enjoyed
this book and would not hesitate to recommend it both to the novice Jacksonologist and to the expert looking to fill in the gaps in his or her knowledge."--Paul Morrish, BRAIN

"This new book by the Critchleys is the first work that could fairly be called a biography of Jackson. The authors have brought together a wealth of biographical detail that was previously scattered or unavailable. In the process, they have been commendably careful to avoid accepting anecdotes
that cannot be substantiated. The authors have also taken Jackson's genealogy as far as it could possibly go. The prose style is simple and straightforward." -- Samuel H. Greenblatt, Journal of the History of the Neurosciences, Vol 9, No 2, Aug 2000

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