The History of the World Federation of Neurology: The First 50 Years

ISBN : 9780198713067

Johan A. Aarli
256 Pages
162 x 241 mm
Pub date
May 2014
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Since its founding in 1957, the World Federation of Neurology (WFN) has been deeply integrated in the development of international collaboration in the field of neurology, and has played a key part in asserting with dissemination of information and the need to learn from each other, independent of political systems, but with a basis in the development of democracy worldwide. This book covers the history of the WFN from its founding in Brussels in 1957 to the present day. Written by a former President and long-standing officer of the WFN, The History of the World Federation of Neurology chronicles the formation and expansion of the WFN, the development of its structure and various committees, and the evolution of its global biennial meeting, the World Congress of Neurology. Sections of the text focus on the key neurologists involved in the development of the WFN, including Houston Merritt, Pearce Bailey Jr, and Ludo van Bogaert, to name but a few, as well as the history of its educational publications, including World Neurology and Journal of the Neurological Sciences.


1. Neurology before the WFN
2. The shaping of the organization
3. World Federation of Neurology: structure and organization
4. The WFN Applied Research Committee
5. Communication in the WFN
6. Regional neurological associations
7. WFN and WHO
8. In service of the WFN
9. The International (World) Congresses of Neurology
10. Epilogue

About the author: 

Johan A. Aarli, Department of Neurology, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Bergen, and Haukeland Hospital, Bergen, Norway

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