J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 70:349 doi:10.1136/jnnp.70.3.349
  • Historical note

Henry Hun (1854–1924)

  1. VA Medical Center, Great Lakes VA Healthcare System, 500 E Veterans Street, Tomah, Wisconsin 54660, USA

      Neurology in upper New York State was pioneered by the Hun family.1 Thomas Hun MD (1808-unknown), the neurological patriarch, completed medical studies at the University of Pennsylvania and spent 6 years of postgraduate study in Europe.1 On his return, he helped found the Albany Medical College (1839), where he was appointed Professor of the Institutes of Medicine. Long before neurology was a recognised specialty in the United States, he gave lectures on the nervous system, held weekly neurological clinics with medical students, and stimulated his sons Edward and Henry to pursue neurological careers.

      Edward Reynolds Hun MD (1842–1880), the eldest son, graduated from the College …