Neurology(R): Seventy Years of Change but Staying True to Our Roots

In 1948, when the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) was founded, there were no journals devoted exclusively to neurology.1 To fill this void, and urged by Robert Wartenberg, a committee that included Abe B. Baker, Howard D. Fabing, Francis M. Forster, and Adolf L. Sahs “made plans for establishing a neurologic journal, and appointed Russell N. DeJong editor-in-chief and Webb Haymaker associate editor.”1,2 Neurology was launched under the auspices of the Board of Trustees of the AAN in January 1951 “as a medium for the prompt publication of articles dealing with the structure, function, and pathology of the nervous system, including the therapeutic aspects of such pathologic states, and to stimulate individual investigations in these various fields.”3 The first issue included, in addition to an editorial by DeJong, 2 research articles, an article describing a clinical diagnostic observation, several topical reviews, a report of a clinical pathologic conference from Boston City Hospital, and 4 book reviews. For the first 2 years, the journal was published bimonthly, and a yearly subscription was $8.

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