Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Neurology on My Mind

Neurology seems everywhere today. Today  Dr. Thomas Koch, Professor & Chair of Pediatric Neurology presented at neurosciences grand rounds. I also was reading about nursing student Alex Brown, who herself battles with a neuromuscular disease.

Because I'm new to OHSU's history I thought I'd try to find some information on famous neurologists from our community. And boy was I pleased! It turns out we were lucky to have amongst our dedicated clinicians Roy Laver Swank, M.D., Ph.D. When he passed away in 2008 you may remember Sara posting in memoriam of the late neurologist.

Looking in the papers we have on Swank I noticed his CV listing US Army Medical Corps service during WWII, when he worked as a neuropsychiatrist in Normandy and then in Paris. He was one among of the legions of practitioners who contributed to the war efforts--a subject that seems to be surfacing repeatedly here, what with my introductory post and Karen's most recent Stories from the Clippings.

It seems that despite his long career investigating multiple sclerosis, and writing THE BOOK on a special diet for the disease (The Multiple Sclerosis Diet Book), he did produce other important work during his tenure with the service.

Reading through the paper pictured below, it seems Swank and his co-author also contributed to discourse regarding what we are now calling Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Cohen, B. and R.L. Swank. Chronic symptomology of combat neurosis. War Medicine, 8:143-145. 1945.

Just another war-time connection from OHSU to the world at large.

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