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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 issues.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780195379525
ISBN-10: 0195379527
Format: Hardback
(242mm x 163mm x 18mm)
Pages: 176
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 25-Dec-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - 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 Neurology.

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